When you decide to unshackle yourself from the burden of anger, frustration, hatred and uncertainty, you automatically embrace the qualities of trust, faith, determination, love and passion. Suddenly doors open and sunlight pours in
How often have you encountered a situation where you have questioned the trust you place in others? Have you trusted someone at their word, only to find you’ve been cheated or lied to? How did that make you feel? Have you ever thought about the trust others place in you? Do you always trust your own judgement?
No matter what aspect of your life you’re thinking about, trust is ALWAYS a major factor. That could be in the family unit; the neighbourhood; on the sporting field or in the workplace. Of course it’s always prevalent in your day to day decisions about your own life. If you fail to have faith in yourself and your decisions, it will be difficult for others to have the same regard for you.
Relationships, arguments and even wars are fought over the aspect of trust. Some are won and others sadly, are lost. If your word is not your bond then you have very little else to bargain with. When others realize you are a person of your word, they learn to trust you. It’s these elements which build and maintain trust. When you are held in high regard as someone who can be trusted, it’s in this place that your business is more likely to thrive.
Trust and respect are also of fundamental importance when dealing with people who are disadvantaged. They are vulnerable and very often lost and alone. It’s important for their dignity that when you hold out a helping hand to them, they can see you as someone on whom they can depend. Whenever interacting with people who are disadvantages, never look down on them. Threat them with the respect they deserve as you build mutual regard.
Too often there is a tendency to look down on disadvantaged people, especially those who are homeless. We can view them as worthless and thereby disrespecting them without giving thought to their circumstances.
There are certain key aspects to building trust:-
- Smile whenever you meet someone
- If you shake hands, ensure its firm
- Make good eye contact with everyone you engage
- If you make a promise, do everything you can to keep it
- Be honest in your dealings with others
- Never promise more than you can deliver
- If you make deadlines, keep them
- Communicate effectively with others to keep them informed
- Be respectful of the opinions of others
When you exhibit positive, life-enriching traits, people are more likely to have faith in you and place their trust in your words and actions. It is paramount in business because without trust, you will ultimately fail. If your clients, suppliers and even staff members lack faith in your leadership and your capacity to deliver what you promise, the doors will soon close on you.
When you achieve a level of success, there will always be people who look to you for guidance and assistance. Be honest and respectful of their views where you’ll find they are more likely to trust you and interact with you on a various levels.
Understand and appreciate the need for trust in all aspects of your life. When it enriches one aspect, it will move across all areas. It’s not a hat you can put on and take off at will. Trust and respect permeate your life and become part of you. Acting with integrity becomes a part of your DNA. Others see you in that light and suddenly, you become a mentor in their lives.
Imagine the possibilities ….