Building Trust

 

 

When we think of all of the challenges we face with our children, very seldom do most of us consider how heavily trust factors into them.  From an early age I think we just assume that we’ve built relationships on trust with our children, and shown them how to create this with others.  When trust doesn’t exist, very little can move forward.  Whether it’s trusting in our own abilities, taking the step of trusting in another we don’t know 100%,  or having to trust again in others once we’ve been let down, all of these are important skills we have to gather in order to make our way in life.  The alternative is to literally stay still, afraid of what might/might not happen.  This week’s article by        Tim Elmore breaks down some key factors in cultivating trust, and here are a few more starting points for any of us helping young people to become confident, well rounded people:

1. Think of building trust as a series of small experiments, I’m big on this for idea development and it works the same here, smaller trials lead to larger ones and that helps everyone build bigger bridges and outcomes.

2. Use your superpowers for good.  If you’ve got a special skill or hobby, try using it as a way to build trust.  Often we don’t think we have anything of value to give first, we all have strengths, start with those to begin with.

3. Never take for granted the trust you have.  As parents or leaders, I think we sometimes assume that because we’ve worked with students or others before that means they still trust us.  We need to model the idea that building trust is an ongoing consistent process.

4. Explain that trust is like a bank account.  If you never put anything in, you’ll never have anything to take out.

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