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Relationship Growth Only Comes from Building Trust

The Trust Question: Can We Build Mutual Trust?


I suspect we can agree that relationships are built on trust. The challenge is: Can we build

mutual trust? This is a great question that John Maxwell raises in Winning with People.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.”

What causes relationships to fail? The most common cause is broken trust. What is trust? Kevin Meyers says, “You may not know what trust is, but you know what it isn’t. If someone lies, steals, induces physical harm - you know you can’t trust them - that’s easy and obvious. Are there there other ways that people can break trust? And what kind of person must you be in order to be worthy of trust in the relationship?

Over the next several weeks we will look at these principles as they relate to building mutual trust:

  • The Bedrock Principle: Trust is the foundation of any relationship.

  • The Situation Principle: Never let the situation mean more than the relationship.

  • The Bob Principle: When Bob has a problem with everyone, Bob is usually the problem.

  • The Approachability Principle: Being at ease with ourselves helps others be at ease with us.

  • The Foxhole Principle: When preparing for battle, dig a hole big enough for a friend.

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