Building Stronger Relationships Through Trust

Trust is the backbone of every human relationship. Friendships, romances, business partnerships and the bonds between parents and children are all built on that combination of confidence, hope and expectation that we call trust. But, for such an essential element, trust is difficult to give, especially if past hurts and feelings of uncertainty blur your conviction. Let these inspirational and educational quotes lead you to stronger, richer relationships through trust.

“Few delights can equal the presence of one whom we trust utterly.” – George MacDonald

Creating and building a relationship in which you trust the other person implicitly allows you to let down your walls, open yourself up and let your true self shine. Although placing faith and confidence into someone can be scary, the rewards are well worth the risk.

“Trust is the glue of life.  It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principal that holds all relationships.” – Stephen Covey

All strong, healthy relationships require open and honest communication. But, it is impossible to express yourself well, or to listen effectively, if the foundation of trust is unsteady.  Building, or repairing, that foundation is the first step in creating strong relationships.

“He who does not trust enough will not be trusted.” – Lao Tzu

Like many other things in relationships, trust is reciprocal. If you deny or withhold trust, without reason, it will be difficult for others to extend faith to you. Giving and receiving come in equal measure, so to increase the level of confidence that others have in you, extend it to them first.

“Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know you trust him.” – Booker T. Washington

Trust is often given first and earned second. Giving and displaying faith in someone may encourage them to live up to the gift and do what it takes to deserve it.

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” – Golda Meir

Often, the hardest person to have faith and confidence in is yourself.  But, just as trust is crucial to external relationships, it is also the most important component in your relationship with yourself. Trusting in your abilities, talents and judgment allows you to take risks, make progress toward your goals and create the life you want. Today, let go of your self doubts and experience what you can do when you believe and know you can.