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Trust Is Granted not Earned

Trust Is Granted not Earned

What if, rather than expecting others to earn our trust, we granted it freely? Trust is one of the most critical elements of healthy relationships, families, teams, organizations, and communities; and yet, as motivational speaker, Mike Robbins, points out, we tend to resist trusting others based on being burned, hurt or disappointed.
 
"We put up barriers to keep ourselves safe," says Robbins, but that "usually leaves us guarded, leery, and insecure—unable to easily create meaningful and fulfilling relationships with people." Not only that, but no matter how guarded we are, we end up getting hurt anyway.
 
Robbins invites us to ask ourselves, what if we were willing to make ourselves vulnerable, to count on other people in a genuine and healthy way, and to expect the best from others authentically? Yes, we might wind up hurt or let down, but this will happen anyway. More importantly, think of we stand to gain.
 
"The more we are willing to grant our trust consciously, the more likely we are to create a true sense of connection, cooperation, and collaboration in our lives, relationships, families, teams, and more," concludes Robbins.
 
Read Robbins' entire blog post here.

Posted: 6/22/10
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