Becoming trustworthy

There are times you need to quickly build trust with an individual or group of people in order to get something accomplished.  Trust takes time to build, but very little time to destroy.  Since we know it takes time to build it, the last thing you would want to do is obliterate someone’s confidence in you.  Instead of talking about how relationships can take a turn for the worse, let’s talk about how we can become trustworthy.

Have you ever had to work with someone who was not authentic or genuine?  It becomes very difficult to trust anything they say and you will end up not wanting to deal with them.  Being genuine is a very important part of becoming trustworthy.  In addition to being genuine, you will want to deliver the results you promise.  You do not want to promise the world and deliver nothing.  If you do not deliver time after time, it makes it very difficult for people to confide in you.

Time is a crucial part in building trust because it takes time for people to understand who you are and what your intentions are.  You cannot expect someone to immediately trust you as soon as they meet you.  There are situations where trust builds quickly, but in most situations where there is something at stake, trust takes time.  Having a good reputation will help others trust you more quickly.  To build a good reputation, you will need to have delivered results previously, so you are still putting your time in.

Becoming trustworthy enables us to work better with others and helps us influence them to follow our direction without ‘as much of a pushback’.  Trust is like a lubricant to a relationship.  Without trust it becomes very rough and bumpy causing a ton of friction.  We do not want friction when it comes to relationships.  You could also look at trust being the glue of a relationship to hold everyone together.  It depends on how you look at it.

Key takeaways

  • Be genuine
  • Deliver results (do what you say)
  • Expect to put in time to build trust
  • Trust is the lubricant of a relationship
  • Trust can also be looked at as the glue of a relationship (holds it together)

 

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