At the moment, more than ever, the whole notion of trust in every aspect of our lives is important. For many, trust is very low, if not shattered, with our leaders, advisors, partners and family members. Furthermore, trust in ourselves is low, which is the core of the issue. If your business and personal relationships are not working as well as you would like, or your performance could improve, see whether it is because your trust is low. Relationships of trust depend on our willingness to look not only to our own interests but also to the interests of others. ? Peter Farquharson
My starting point with trust is always to ask 3 questions: How much do you trust others? Do you feel others trust you? Importantly, do you trust yourself?
When you reflect on these questions, the foundation of trust comes back to whether you trust yourself. The answer to the other 2 questions will be determined by the answer to this question. Firstly, trusting yourself is a foundational life issue. Trust impacts your level of confidence to be who you are, to perform to your maximum potential and then how positively you relate to others. Importantly, when relating to others, your level of personal trust will impact the ability to be open, transparent, mutual and generally act in their best interests. If you act with a low level of trust (even though you may not be aware of it), you will trigger distrust from the other person.
There are many factors that contribute to whether a person trusts themself. Let me be clear, when I am talking about trust, I am not just referring to character or integrity. Our research has shown that your propensity to trust is influenced by both natural hard-wired behaviors and learned behaviors developed from life experiences.
This is why our firm, DNA Behavior International, has launched a new series of behavioral development tools focused on accelerating trust:
- LeadershipTRUST for business leaders and managers
- AdvisorTRUST for financial and professional services professionals
- FamilyTRUST for family members and their advisors
The approach we are adopting through these innovative tools to help you build trust is to firstly uncover your natural propensity to trust, based on your natural hard-wired behavior. This behavior is the core of who you are, and was shaped from birth to when you were approximately 3 years old. For some, high or low levels of trust are relatively ingrained. Therefore, the challenge becomes to work on trusting yourself more. Then our TRUST tools are used to help discover your ability to build trust in specific areas based on:
- Achieving Results
- Building Relationships
- Emotional Intelligence
- Trust Building Skills
These TRUST tools have a 360 rating system, enabling you to assess yourself and have others rate you as well. This will help uncover your blind-spots, which we all have. In the end, with greater self knowledge your personal confidence will increase and so will your trust. If you want to learn more, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org