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Episode #215

Experiments in Self-Trust

You have the deep-rooted knowledge and experience to create the career and life that you want! But first, you must filter through all the messages about what work looks like and the social and cultural nuances in academia so you can act on your self-trust. 


In today’s episode, I explore the importance of trusting oneself amidst the bombardment of societal and cultural expectations. I present five experiments aimed at nurturing self-trust. By engaging in these experiments, academics will cultivate a more profound sense of self-trust, recognizing its transformative power in shaping both personal and professional endeavors. So, join me on this journey of self-trust and discover the liberating potential of trusting yourself!


5 Experiments to Build Self Trust

  1. Gather evidence about why and how you are trustworthy.
    1. When did you listen to your gut, make a decision, and get a positive result?
  2. Read Playing Big by Tara Mohr and do the exercises in the book.
  3. Combat fear with self-compassion. Tune out your harsh and critical inner voice and speak to yourself with kindness and empathy.
  4. Recognize that trusting yourself is a process. This work is ongoing, and the more you trust yourself, the easier it will become.
    1. Listen to the podcast The Self-Compassionate Professor.
  5. Listen to your initial urge or instinct and ignore the secondary thoughts that talk you out of doing that thing. Experience what it feels like to trust that gut feeling.


“In my coaching I talk alot about the importance of trusting yourself and the importance of creating processes and systems based on you and what you like. Such as what has worked for you in the past and trusting that you have developed deep knowledge over the years. That knowledge is all that you need to create the career and the life that you want.” 


“Make it a goal for yourself to develop self-trust because it will serve you better than any other development work that you could do.”


Check out the Navigate program details and start your application process here.



  1. Our 12-week Navigate: Your Writing Roadmap® program helps tenure-track womxn and nonbinary professors to publish their backlog of papers so that their voice can have the impact they know is possible. Apply here!
  2. Cathy’s book, Making Time to Write: How to Resist the Patriarchy and Take Control of Your Academic Career Through Writing is available in print! Learn how to build your career around your writing practice while shattering the myths of writing every day, accountability, and motivation, doing mindset work that’s going to reshape your writing, and changing academic culture one womxn and nonbinary professor at a time. Get your print copy today or order it for a friend here!
  3. Want to train with us for free on your campus? Now you can when you recommend our Scholar’s Voice™ Faculty Retreats to a decision-maker on your campus! Download the brochure with the retreat curriculum and both in-person and online retreat options here.
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