The world is full of deception and is getting more chaotic each day. It seems our ability to trust is eroding. But, it is still possible to find good in people and develop a trust with them. These tips can help bring back that elusive trust.
1. Start Trusting Yourself
You’ll have a difficult time gaining trust with others if you don’t even trust yourself. You need to be confident in your abilities and know that you are doing everything you can to do your best. When you lack that confidence, you cannot trust yourself. Confidence can help when life doesn’t go as planned. You will have the means to choose the right alternatives.
2. Be Open-Minded
When you are closed minded, you won’t accept anything that falls outside of what you have chosen to believe, and you won’t even consider other opinions. This makes trusting others impossible. You don’t have to agree with every opinion or idea, but by keeping an open mind, you will at least allow for them to enter your world.
3. Be More Trustworthy
If others have a difficult time trusting you, how could you expect them to be trusting themselves? They will keep watch over you and take appropriate action when they feel you are not trustworthy. This sets up a tense environment for everyone involved, and it can lead to stressful encounters. Conversely, when they can trust you, they can also depend on you.
4. Overcome Your Fears
A lack of trust is often based on fear. When you fear a negative outcome, you will take steps to make sure that outcome doesn’t happen, even when it’s not justified. Those actions you take can lead you astray and getting over your fears can help avoid this.
5. Accept Your Faults
Too many people go through life thinking they are never the one responsible for bad behavior. We all want to be good and try to project that, even when it’s not always truthful. By knowing when you have done wrong and taking measures to make it right, you will set the stage to trust in others.
6. Accept the Faults in Others
You already know that no one is perfect. Each person has faults, and by accepting them, you will be one step closer to trusting them. If you harbor ill will based on those faults, you make it impossible to trust. You don’t have to excuse bad behavior, but do understand when a mistake is made and try to work from that.
7. People Are Inherently Good
The news outlets like to focus on the bad. In fact, there was a news show that tried to focus on nothing but good and the show flopped. The takeaway is that bad news sells. But, because the media only chooses the bad, it makes it seem like there is nothing but bad. That simply is not true. Most people are good deep down, and you just need to convince yourself of this.