How to Rebuild Lost Trust In a Relationship
Sooner or later you're going to end up in a situation where you lose someone's trust. Whether it's a friend, family member, coworker, boss, all is not lost. Learn how to restore that relationship and rebuild trust.
What do we do when trust is lost? Is it the end? Is there no way to ever build it back?
I've met people before who, after losing trust with someone else, said something like "I will NEVER trust them again".
Wow, sad! If we don't learn how to rebuild trust with others, then it seems like there's only so many mistakes you can make before you're just done in life.
People CAN change. Behavior CAN change.
I know when I was growing up as a kid, I lost my parents' trust at times. I'd say I'd do something and not do it, or they'd give me a responsibility and I'd drop the ball.
We've all lost someone's trust before... So we all need to learn to rebuild lost trust and restore those relationships.
Step #1: Communication
Way too often, when trust is lost it results in talking LESS with the person. This seems pretty backwards since many times trust is lost because of a lack of communication. So why would we respond by talking even less?!
Communicating more often is a great way to begin rebuilding trust. It helps show you're not trying to hide anything, and that you care to maintain and rebuild the relationship.
Step #2: Connection
Connection takes communication to the next level... it's not about just talking, it's about the intention you have and the feeling you put out when you're talking. Practice conveying with your tone and emotion that you truly care for and respect the person.
Another way to foster connection is simply to continue including this person in your life. Don't avoid them or pretend they're not there. Be present and treat them in a way that shows you care.