How To Establish Trust
As much as we would like for it to do so, trust isn’t something that can just be pulled out of a hat. It’s something that must be acquired through careful consideration and mutual respect. Once you have trust, it’s safe to say you’re on your way to establishing a healthy relationship with another human being.
If you’re a bit unsure of how to establish a sense of trust and compatibility between you and someone else, or if you’re afraid of losing someone’s trust, don’t give up just yet! Follow these simple steps below and you’ll find your way to discovering a path to trust.
1.) Be Considerate of Others
Having consideration for the welfare of another person is absolutely essential to gaining someone’s trust. How can you show consideration? The very act of being considerate can take place by doing a favor for a friend, sending a greeting card, or even just simply asking how someone is feeling.
By being considerate you show the other person you’re thinking about them. If someone knows that you’re thinking about them and have the best intentions for their well-being, then they automatically know they can not only trust you, but respect you as well.
2.) Respect The Feelings and Wishes of Others
Respect is probably the most important factor in gaining someone’s trust. The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin wasn’t kidding when she famously sang the song “Respect” all those many years ago. She even took time to spell it out, which just goes to show you how serious she was about getting her R-E-S-P-E-C-T. The message back then is still the same all these many years later—respect for yourself and respect for others is very important.
When there’s no respect, there can’t be any trust…and if you don’t have trust, then you don’t have anything at all. Respect is the most important factor in establishing trust with another human being.
There are many different ways of showing respect. But the most important way is to just simply have consideration and treat someone else the same way you would like to be treated—with care and compassion.
3.) Don’t Turn Your Back on Someone Who Needs Your Help
Having compassion is another great way to establish trust with another person, and there’s no greater way to show compassion than to not turn your back on someone when they need help. A friend of mine named Jessica once told me about an experience she had years ago with someone she once considered to be her friend.
Jessica’s friend was named Samantha. Jessica and Samantha were the best of friends. As a matter of fact, they were almost inseparable. They did everything together! They attended the same classes at school, gossiped for hours on the phone when they were apart, and they even went on double dates.
One day, Jessica really needed Samantha’s help. Jessica’s puppy had taken ill and she didn’t have any way to get to the veterinarian’s office. Her car had broken down on the way and so, desperately in need of assistance, she called her friend Samantha on her cell phone. Samantha picked up the phone and when Jessica told her about her situation and how much she needed help, Samantha simply told her without any explanation that she didn’t want to help her.
Feeling both hurt and disappointed, Jessica hung up the phone. She was confused. She didn’t know why Samantha had turned her back on her like that. Luckily, a kind man in a blue Ford pickup drove by. Seeing that she needed help, he graciously carried her to the vet’s office. Jessica’s sick puppy was finally healed, however Jessica and Samantha’s friendship hadn’t. They never talked to each other again.
Samantha had betrayed Jessica’s trust by turning her back on her. Don’t let the trust in your friendship become nonexistent. It’s important to be there when someone your care about needs you. It’s all about loyalty and loyalty is very crucial to developing trust.
4.) Be Loyal
Simply being loyal in any relationship you have with another person is absolutely critical to keeping that relationship alive. Loyalty is very much needed to having trust because without loyalty there is no trust.
In conclusion, it’s important to have trust. You can establish trust in a friendship, with a relative, or even someone you’re dating. By having trust you’re paving the way to relationships with others that are both strong and enduring.
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