Many of us learned to not trust ourselves. Our internal experiences may not have been validated and our ideas and thoughts may have been dismissed or ridiculed, so we disconnected from our own intuition and wisdom. We learned to turn outside of ourselves for guidance, because we learn that it is not safe to trust ourselves.
But our intuition is still there. It is like a compass - always sending us signals about whether we are walking our path or someone else’s. It is telling us when someone violates our values and boundaries. It is telling us when we are drifting away from the truth of ourselves.
Looking back at my life, each regret I had was a product of me overriding my intuition (gut feeling) or not following what, deep down, I knew I needed to do for myself.
If you feel that somehow you've drifted away from the truth of who you are or perhaps want to start learning how to trust yourself, try this exercise and engage in some self-reflection with these journaling prompts. As with anything new that you are incorporating, consistency will yield best results (in this case, more self-trust and ownership over your decisions).