Intrapersonal intelligence has to do with seeing the world through the lens of self-understanding and self-knowledge, relying on deep personal reflection and insight. While the process being described here for building trust does rely heavily on intrapersonal intelligence, there are other things those with this intelligence preference can do to build toward reaching out in their trust-building work with another person. For example, if you use a regular meditative practice such as zazen or prayer, you can use these means to directly prepare for trust-building action. The five-step pathway naturally offers topics for contemplation.

A more tangible form of meditation called journaling is also a great way to exercise this intelligence preference. You can journal simply by taking blank sheets of paper and writing on each of the five steps of the pathway. Put pen to paper, allowing whatever words to come without censorship or evaluation. Keep your pen to the page, especially if your mind goes blank or you get stuck, as this is sometimes a sign that when the next words appear they will “break through” to new understanding or insight into your situation. Considering the specific relationship you want to improve, here are five questions you might journal about:
1. What is my inner strength and how can it help me reach out to ______________________?

2. What are the gains and losses I must give up on in order to reach out selflessly?

3. What is the truth about this situation and what is the “good” that I can focus on?

4. How will I express my vulnerability as I reach out?

5. How can I genuinely engage to stay engaged?

As you look back on what you have written, what new insights and learning will be especially important as you move toward your actual encounter with another?

Links to the other intelligences exercises:

Verbal Linguistic
Logical Mathematical
Bodily Kinesthetic
Visual Spatial