You should always trust yourself.
Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
– Benjamin Spock
Who is Benjamin Spock
Dr. Benjamin Spock was an American pediatrician famous (or infamous) for his books advising parents how to raise their children.
He also earned an Olympic gold medal for rowing in 1924.
You Know More Than You Think
That was Dr. Spock’s advice to mothers (and fathers) when it came to taking care of their babies. That’s always been my thinking too. Trust our abilities, and more importantly trust the child.
The same advice applies to more than raising your children too. I think you can apply it to just about anything.
Photography as an Example
I bought a dSLR camera back before Christmas last year. As a blogger I use a lot of pictures on my website, but I don’t want to use the same stock photos that everyone else uses.
I took the photo at the top of this post a week ago on the Appalachian Trail at Woody Gap, so you aren’t going to see it on anyone else’s website.
More recently I bought a book to learn how to use the camera too. I can handle point-and-shoot, which the camera does fine (again, see above), but I know it’s capable of so much more. There are a lot of dials, knobs and buttons on this camera that I know nothing about.
How is this relevant to “trust yourself?”
I use the book and the reference manual to learn how to do something, like tell the camera where to focus instead of letting it decide. I trust myself to choose what I want in the picture and what should be in focus.
You can buy books that will tell you how to compose a photo. I might reference them for ideas at some point, but I trust myself to decide what I like in a photo. If I trust myself, I know what looks good.
Listen to your gut, your instincts or your intuition. We are all born with them but we’ve been programmed not to. Photography is just one simple example. Raising children is another.
Do you have another example of where you are trusting yourself, or should be? Leave a comment below and please share this with your friends on social media.
BTW, did you know that your language creates your reality? Check out yesterday’s quote of the day.