Experiencing trust issues in relationships (and friendships)?
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How To Build Trust in Relationships By Susie and Otto Collins
How do you build trust in relationships? We've found the secret is constant communication, one moment at a time. We both came from dead-end relationship from a state of vulnerability but with a strong desire for a different kind of relationship - a relationship filled with passion, love, honesty, friendship and most of all, partnership.
Safety and trust are the twin sides of the same coin -both involve risk and both form the foundation of any great relationship. Safety is the feeling you get when you have trust. Trust means not only learning to trust others but it's learning to trust yourself -especially if you've been in less than desirable relationships in the past.
From the beginning, we've practiced honesty and not hiding, no matter how painful the truth is. When you've been used to "sparing" the other person or not saying something because it might hurt their feelings or rock the boat, it's very difficult to open up and speak your truth. But we believe this is absolutely necessary to form a solid foundation of trust between two people.
People often will trust a total stranger before trusting an intimate partner because a total stranger cannot hurt them like they imagine a partner can. Tony Robbins tells a great story about how we all trust every single day of our lives while driving our cars. The fact of the matter is -it takes a great deal of trust to drive down a road at 55 mph with another car coming the other way at 55 mph and only one white line separating the two of you. The potential for danger is great -you don't know that other person; you don't know if they've been drinking; you don't know if they'll stay on their side of the road. That, my friend, takes a lot of trust.
The challenge is to exhibit the same amount of trust in our relationships -knowing, believing, trusting that the other person is acting from their highest good.
Two of the thought patterns that destroy trust in relationships are dwelling on past pain (whether with this person or others)and futurizing about potential negative events that haven't happened. Every time your mind starts to make up wild stories that involve abandonment, guilt, jealousy -those old tapes that just keep running and don't seem to stop -bring yourself back to the present moment and differentiate the past and the future the present. If you focus on "now" and what you want, you will build trust between you and your partner.
When we have these negative feelings, we talk about them -not hiding them but being honest. We've found that when we acknowledge that the source of these feelings originated from past experiences, the situation is not threatening to the other person and we are able to let those negative thoughts go.
If you place your attention on either worrying about past relationships or question where this relationship is going in the future, you lose the opportunity to be in the moment for yourself and your partner. You also lose the opportunity to build the trust that you need between the two of you. If you are in a relationship that has gone through some challenges, you can't heal the distance and pain between the two of you by dwelling on the past or fearing the future. You must look at whereyou are at the present time.
Build trust one moment at a time -remember what Dan Millman said, "There are no ordinary moments."