In everything we do, trust is crucial – in our business and personal relationships surely, but what about with ourselves? No matter what your objective is, you need to trust the situation will work out for the best. To do this, you have to be confident that you have control, which is only leveraged through trust. A hunter never releases his finger on the trigger until he trusts enough in the situation that he’s calm and silently moving, so as not to disturb the setting. Predators do the same as they carefully stalk their prey. How trusting are you in the board room? How about in your living room? What about with a new restaurant?
If you want to be the hunter and not the hunted, allow yourself to be trusting in your situation. When your colleague says he’ll take care of that project, give him your stamp of approval – and trust that he’ll do a great job. When your spouse says she needs a mini-vacation, send her for some R&R with her best friend – and trust that she’ll return ready to seize the challenges of daily life. When that first-day-on-the-job waiter nervously carries a whole stack of your plates away, tell him he’s crushing it – and trust that he won’t drop the stack on your dinner companions.
Without trust, your hunting instincts aren’t effective. What’s your goal? Do you trust yourself enough to achieve it? Start there – then make the most of it.