Importance of Trust

What do we mean by being trustworthy? Trust is fundamental to life.Trustworthiness is a moral value considered to be a virtue. You can’t have relationships without trust, let alone good ones. Intimacy depends on it.

Act with integrity and always keep your word. Sounds fairly straightforward, doesn’t it? The trustworthiness of a person is a moral value considered to be a virtue. Have you considered making promises that you are not able to keep? Do you take shortcuts? Do you manipulate or withhold information to get what you want?

Deception is the antithesis of trustworthiness The problem that most people face is that they allow themselves to practice “little deceptions” too often and don’t realize how they slowly erode one’s character and trustworthiness. For a trustworthy person, the little things do matter. He or she doesn’t exaggerate or twist the truth. This is called having principles. They are not just feel-good slogans but are bedrock values. Integrity is about actions rather than just words.

Becoming a trustworthy person is within the reach of anyone. Trustworthiness starts with you, no matter who you are. You can’t buy it. You can’t pretend to have it. You have to prove it. Most people measure trustworthiness in terms of the level of loyalty and fidelity to others. Usually, the biggest barrier to becoming a trustworthy person is ourselves. No amount of future promises can mend the broken one. No bandage and quick fix are available.

Being trustworthy results to high psychological well-being, meaningful friendships, and business relationships, faster and more efficient decision-making, greater personal effectiveness in groups. greater support for your decisions, career promotions, win/win opportunities, role modeling trustworthy behavior, more time for creativity and relaxation, more money in your pocket (people want to do business with those they trust)

On the other hand, the inherent risks of being untrustworthy: It takes more time and psychological energy than its trustworthy counterpart and results in high stress levels, low energy, frequent job loss, meaningless relationships, low levels of creativity, high levels of suspicion among friends, family and coworkers, high barriers to communication due to lack of honesty and broken promises, poor and slow decision-making, high transaction costs, and win/lose situations.

Will your trust sometimes be misplaced? Of course. Life isn’t perfect and some people aren’t trustworthy. Will it make your life more pleasant and less stressful? I believe so. You have little to lose by trying. Trust has to start somewhere. Why not with you? Why not today? Why not right now?

Be trustworthy. The benefits are far greater than the alternative. What do you think?