You don’t gain trust by asking for it. You earn trust by consistently demonstrating that you’re worthy of it…aka, trustworthy. Consider a time where someone has said, “trust me.” Didn’t that create doubt for you? Why trust based on a request? Those that you really trust (I hope) are the people in your life who regularly demonstrate that they’re worthy of it. This is accomplished by behaving and speaking honestly and with integrity. These are valuable and trustworthy characteristics. I like the definition of integrity that my kids were taught while learning the keys of excellence in grade school. When your actions match your words that’s integrity. Plain and simple. Say what you mean and do what you say. To put this in a coaching perspective – you can trust the advice of a coach who consistently demonstrates that their actions match their words!
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