1. Be honest
Let your words always be true. Honesty is very important in any relationship. Every lie told diminishes the trust in a relationship. Be honest and true to your words.
2. Learn how to communicate effectively
One of the biggest reason that relationships often break down is due to poor communication. Good communication includes being very clear about what you say, what you feel, and what you have or have not committed to.
It takes risk on both sides to build trust. You will need both you and the other person to take risks to prove trustworthiness. Remember that communication is key. When there isn’t clear communication, the messages you’ve meant to send aren’t the messages that will be received.
3. Building trust takes time
It takes time to build trust. Don’t impatiently expect it overnight. Some people take longer to earn trust because they may have trusted an unloyal or untrustworthy person in the past.
Take little steps and follow through with little commitments and as the trust grows, you will be comfortable with making bigger commitments.
4. Make decisions and commitments effectively
Do not make commitments you can’t keep. It’s okay to say no to someone if you know you are unsure or know you will not be able to follow through. Not keeping commitments or making decisions you are unsure of and can’t keep will destroy trust in relationships.
Stay organized and be clear about what you are able to take on or commit to. Being organized and clear about what you can handle on your plate lets you make clear decisions on if you can give your time and energy or not.
5. Be Consistent
When someone is there for us through the good and bad times, we will learn to trust them. Regularly showing someone that you’re there for them is an effective way to build trust.
Consistency builds trust. Show them that you value the relationship.
6. Contribute and participate
Taking an active role and contributing your part will most likely cause others to respect and trust you. When building trust in a relationship or in a team, it’s also important to show your willingness to trust others.
Engaging demonstrates trust as apposed to not contributing or showing willingness to be part of the team. By participating and listening actively to what another has to say will build trust in and a willingness to know your thoughts and feedback respectively.
7. Be true to what you say
You want the person you are in a relationship with to believe what you say. Follow through with your words and be careful not to make promises that you are not able to fulfil.
Keeping your word builds trust and respect in the relationship. However, if you say one thing, but do another, trust will be lost.
8. Help others whenever you can
When you show kindness by helping another human without any benefit to you, it shows you are being authentic. Being authentic and kind towards others builds trust.
9. Admit when you make a mistake
Admit your mistakes, and don’t hide them. People often tend to know that you are being dishonest in some way. By being open showing your vulnerable side will help to build trust with people.
Everyone makes mistakes. If you pretend that you never make mistakes, you’ll make it difficult for others to trust you.
10. Share your feelings
Being open about your feelings is often one of the best ways to build trust. It takes some risk, but it is vital in a relationship on both ends. When people feel like you care, they will be more likely to gain trust you.
Acknowledging your feelings and taking action in communicating them is the key to building trust.