How do you build confidence and learn to trust yourself? These are the questions Cayly and I are tackling on this week’s episode of the podcast.

Over the past several years, we have both dedicated a significant amount of time and energy to the practice of recognizing and exercising our intuition, and have both seen profound shifts in our lives as a result of our efforts. In this conversation, we describe our individual journeys through this process and offer actionable advice on how to start building your own intuitive muscle.

We talk about the benefits of doing hard things, the necessity of embracing discomfort as essential for building resilience, and how taking risks — and even failure — can facilitate greater self-trust and confidence.

I loved this discussion and am confident (pun intended) that you will love it, too. There are so many great resources in this episode and I sincerely hope you find it useful and insightful.

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Highlights from this episode include:

  • The psychology of the selves and the different parts of us that make up who we are
  • Is your self-critic useful or should you seek to eliminate him or her entirely?
  • How do you identify your own aware ego and know when he or she is driving your bus?
  • Intuition is a muscle that you have to train on a regular basis
  • The role of belief in growing your intuition and how you learn to believe that part of yourself
  • Your intuition will likely ask you to do hard and uncomfortable things
  • How doing hard things builds confidence and self-trust
  • How listening to your intuition can make others uncomfortable but also fosters healthy, sustainable intimacy
  • Tracey’s experience of listening to what her gut was telling her about her relationship with her mom and how this conflicted with what our society expects of us in familial relationships
  • How growing confidence in ourselves and our inner truth eliminates the need to justify our decisions to others
  • How Tracey and Cayly identify their intuition in their bodies and the physical sensations that accompany it
  • Your body’s alarm system and how our bodies sometimes confuse fear and excitement
  • Study on reframing anxiety as excitement; Harvard study on reappraising arousal
  • The Fear Book by Cheri Huber
  • When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron and how change is inevitable
  • The relationship between resilience and building confidence and trust in yourself
  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  • How meditation helps us engage our intuition and direct our focus with intention
  • Does being confident mean you never experience fear or self-doubt?
  • How improv has enhanced Tracey’s ability to take risks, trust herself, and feel confident
  • How failing at something can actually help you build confidence
  • Helping Kids Tame Worry on Tracey’s website
  • “Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” ~Pema Chodron
  • And more!

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This week’s animal spotlights from the Pixie Project:

TOFFEE, a two year old doxie mix weighing in at 16lbs. Toffee loves other dogs, but doesn’t do so well with kitties or kids, so adults only, please. She’s a little shy and sensitive, but a total sweetheart once she feels comfortable.

BERNICE, a 14 year old tuxedo cat, who was spotlighted last month on the podcast, but has still not been adopted. Help us find her a home! She is currently in foster care, but is looking for a permanent home after her former owner was moved to nursing care. Bernice is adorable, you guys! Go look at her photo and then try not to take her home. Seriously. Try it.

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