Trust is a major brick in the foundation of interpersonal relationships, whether it is between parents and children, friends, or lovers.
It is just as easy to build trust as it is to break it down on a daily basis.
If your interpersonal relationships are plagued by that deadly element called “suspicion,” then you might find success if you put effort toward trust-building.
Here are 7 steps to build trust
STEP 1) Envision Trust
Clarify exactly what you want. Get motivated with a clear picture of the value of building trust. Affirm what it will take to create trust. Start with the end in mind.
STEP 2) Listen Fully
Allow yourself to listen completely to others. Listening leads to understanding which causes trust. Use what you hear to adjust your trust-building activities. Keep opening yourself and listening.
STEP 3) Open Yourself
Discover what it takes for you to be open with others in your workplace. Build inner compassion for those you fear or dislike. Reveal more of yourself and model the openness you desire from others.
STEP 4) Appreciate Others
Learn how to appreciate others effectively such that you encourage desired behaviours and strengthen mutual trust. Notice the enormous impact of appreciation.
STEP 5) Be Reliable and Consistent
Upgrade your reliability and consistency to sustain high trust levels. Raise your awareness of your behaviours that threaten trust. Learn valuable techniques for reducing your own unintended breaking of trust.
STEP 6) Converse Frankly
Plan and carry out constructive conversations with key people with whom you are building trust. Build stronger foundations of trust. Mend past misunderstandings. Engage in building trust.
STEP 7) Notice the Difference
Become aware of the subtle and the obvious changes you have created throughout the course. Celebrate your success! Thank yourself. Be grateful for the challenges and the support you received. Commit to continuing to build trust.