Do you generally trust people? Do you trust your boss and co-workers? Do you trust your family?

Without trust in others, you may feel hopeless. Hopeless in the sense that if you don’t trust others, you will most likely become paranoid and think all is coming to an end.

People who cannot trust are overworked, under-loved and sad. If you do not trust your superior, your co-workers, your partners, your team members – what kind of a life are you living? You may be in constant stress and overload, waiting for nothing because, in order to have something change or improve, you have to trust someone.

The first person you can and should trust is yourself. Why do you not have any faith in yourself to complete a project, have a relationship and be happy and satisfied?

The sources of lack of trust are plentiful. The only solution is to start with yourself. You must take a leap of faith in this regard.

Give up the thought that someone is trying to harm you in any way, whether at work or in your life. This may be difficult, however, please try to look at others as you want to be seen; as a trustworthy individual. Start asking questions of the people you have lost trust in. This can be the first step towards learning how to trust. Ask them for advice on a specific topic, then follow it. Go back to that individual and say ‘Thank you!’ so the communication cycle is complete. It is a beginning.

Focus on what is working, not on any negatives.

You cannot have any relationships without a sense of trust. In a marriage or other personal relationships, if you do not trust your partner, the relationship may be doomed to failure.

On your road to trust, always say ‘Thank You.’ A good many thank you’s will take you a long way to success and trust.

Celebrate your successes along the way and practice trusting yourself first, then others.

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Joanne Victoria
JOANNE Victoria, The I Know What Works Coach, is the author of 7 books including Lighting Your Path - How To Create the Life You Want and Pushy For a Moment-Instant Solutions to Everyday Challenges. Joanne lives in the Seattle area. After professions such as Real Estate Broker/Owner, CFO of an investment company, CFO and Sales & Marketing Director of a home-building company, owner of New Directions, a business development firm as well as Gemma & Bixley, a coaching and consulting company, Joanne was ready for her next adventure, helping IT people live the life they want. Joanne took her business and personal development, added in several ounces of intuition and humor, along with studies in philosophy, Buddhism, and leadership, all to be the best qualified I Know What Works Coach ever. Joanne is the host of the "The San • IT Project Podcast", and partners with IT Professionals in Telecommunications, Technology, Entertainment and Mass Media whose work/life integration plan has imploded and who want more success, more confidence, more fun and more inner peace.
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Susan Rooks

Trust is central to any worthwhile relationship, Joanne! It’s one of the toughest things to gain and the easiest to lose. For me, the central issue of trust is if the other person keeps his/her word or doesn’t.

Maureen Nowicki
Maureen Nowicki

Trusting oneself is just such a place of healing and wholeness to move out from and to work from in the world. That point really resonated with me. The idea of thanking those along the way does feel like an ending and a beginning and there is so much to celebrate in life. So, I thank you Joanne for this article today, it was timely in my life!

Kathleen Hendrickson

Trusting ones self is a key point, Joanne. A journey to be sure.

Maria Lehtman

So true, Joanne – well said. I like to begin with trust and let experience teach me otherwise if it will :).