Chukwunalu Analogbei Written by Chuks · 1 min read >

Trust is one of the cornerstones of any relationship — without it two entities cannot be comfortable with each other, and the relationship lacks stability.

As its basic tenets, a trust lets us feel secure because we believe our partner has our back and is loyal through thick and thin. Trust goes hand in hand with commitment. It’s only after you feel you can trust someone that you will be able to truly commit to that person.

Trust is the firm belief in the reliability, truth, strength, or ability of someone or something.

Successful business relationships are built on trust; it is a critical pillar that is earned and after it has been earned, it must be guarded with all diligence. Trust is usually built slowly as we learn about our partner and as slow as trust is to build, it can dissolve quickly, sometimes from a single indiscretion. Never give your partner a reason not to trust you. No matter how minor an issue may seem to be, do not lie, do not cheat.

Once trust is broken, the safety net and security that was there have been broken.

And unfortunately, sometimes it is impossible to get back. If you broke the trust, it is your job to quickly earn that trust back by all means possible. It is your job to work hard at putting that safety net back in place, so they feel secure again. Take responsibility, own up to that wrong deed, and take corrective steps to put things back in order. This can be done through full disclosure and transparency.

“Sorry” works when a mistake is made, but not when trust is broken. So, in life, make mistakes but never break trust. Because forgiving is easy but forgetting and trusting again is sometimes impossible.”

Give your partner time and space; you must prove yourself to be trustworthy and trusted. If you’ve been hurt, it’s tough, but it’s important to forgive and let go if you want your relationship to move forward. And more importantly, for your wellbeing.

Don’t take bold steps with people you do NOT trust because of what you feel or used to feel. Make sure you’ve healed because you’ll hurt yourself, but you’ll hurt your partner even more!

Although rebuilding trust requires a lot of work and dedication, it is possible.

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