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So, What are You Doing for Valentine’s?

We’ve been talking at work this week about our plans for Valentine’s Day.

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Whether you’re a hopeful, or hopeless, romantic, trust in your heart and hold what is dear to you safely within it.

I love the variety of answers, from a decades-long tradition of a dinner this night at the same restaurant that includes the children – ‘they are my Valentines too!’ – to an even longer tradition of always some new way to celebrate, to attending a sporting event together, to romantic celebrations that continue into the weekend, to ‘we just hope to get all the kids to bed at a decent hour.’

 Whether like my work mates you are in a perfect-enough relationship, or exploring a new one, nursing wounds from one recently ended, grieving the loss of the love of your life, working through the pain of a divorce, juggling an undisclosed threesome, or frustrated by your singleness, today, make time for the one most important thing. Continue reading

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Do You Trust First, or Trust Last?

A few weeks ago I talked about being trustworthy. The other side of being trustworthy is being able to trust. Trust is critical to our success in our professional and personalDo You Trust First or Trust Last, Brad W. Smith photographer, LifeIsHOTBlog, statue of heads of woman and man facing away from each other, heads are joined at the back of the head.

lives. Some of us seem to be hardwired to trust others. Others find it harder to trust. To know what type of person you are, ask yourself this simple question: do you trust others until you have reason to believe they are not trustworthy? Or, do you expect others to prove to you they are trustworthy before you trust them? Continue reading

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How to Be Trustworthy

The most important assets we have are our relationships with others. This is true in our professional lives as managers, subordinates and colleagues, and in our personal lives as spouses,

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We earn the trust of others when we show we are trustworthy.

parents, children and siblings. The strongest relationships are built on trust. Because lasting trust is earned, we need to know how to be trustworthy in all things if we want to succeed in building and keeping strong and well-functioning relationships. We earn the trust of others when we are consistently and authentically trustworthy. Continue reading

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