Do you inspire trust?

A positive relationship requires mutual trust. Without trust, spouses, diplomats, friends and co-workers, neighbours and others cannot build an enjoyable relationship.

Sadly, many people think that they have a great relationship as long as “they can get away with it”, rather than ensuring they are trustworthy. That is called lowest-denominator thinking. I suppose it is survivalist; if surviving is your reason for living, that’s just grand.

Children trust their parents just to survive.

But what if you want more out of life than just surviving?

Many divorces – not all, of course – boil down to one partner or both devaluing trust. War is usually the result of one or more countries or leaders failing to ensure they are trustworthy. And often on-the-job problems are the result of missing trust.

I will leave you to define for yourself whether these situations pass or fail even the survival test.

But if you want more out of life than just surviving, or in my opinion, failing to do so, think about the people you have a relationship with:

  • boss, employee, co-worker, business partner
  • spouse, child, parent, sibling
  • friend
  • your child’s teacher, a neighbor

Have you earned the trust of these people? When you give your word to them, do you ALWAYS mean it? And do they know that you do? If not, now is a great time to start building the trust so vital to positive relationships.

Make sure you DO mean it. Every time. And make sure they know.


  1. Hi David,

    I think out of all the elements in a RELATIONSHIP, trust is top of the list. Without it, you are left with nothing. When that goes, its hard to get it back.


  2. I hudred percent agree to what you saying. People always believe that in a relationship you need love and carinG. However, i have always believed in trust before the other elements. You have to be able to trust the person you are with in order to love them and care for them. I thing trust its the strongest link in the relationship chain

  3. Trust is the most important thing in the relationship. Hands down!

  4. I trust my partner more than I trust my self.

  5. very true. I trust my husband and its more important.

  6. I inspire trust, life is not surving but meaning.

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