Before you can build trust, you have to understand what it means to you and your partner. Clearly communicating your expectations and understanding what your partner needs is the foundation for building a long-lasting relationship. The problem is we tend to shy away from these conversations when a relationship is new for fear of scaring the other person away.
And by not having the conversation, assumptions are made which can lead to disagreements and even betrayal down the road. Take the time to understand what your partner is looking for in a relationship and make sure your needs are expressed. When you begin there, building trust becomes much easier.
To help you take the next steps…. When we stop taking trust for granted and make it a priority, we will be conscious of our actions and the perceptions of those actions to our partner.
It makes sense that we want to keep promises we make to our partner, but often the little things get overlooked.
Make keeping your promises about little things as important as keeping your promises about the big things. Call when you are late, remember to pick up that item from the grocery store and remember to pay the bills on time.
While these things may seem small, they go a long way towards building trust. Do not keep secrets from each other, instead keep them for each other. Keep your personal conversations at home. It is only right to talk about something once you hear your partner bring the subject up in a conversation. Also realize, he might share information only with certain people.
Make it a rule that most communication, especially important subject matter, must happen in person.
The true meaning of a message can get lost via text, email and sometimes even on the phone. Make sure you are both heard and understood by talking face to face.
You might not understand why something is important to your partner, but the fact that it is important is all that matters. Before you can trust, you must respect each other and your differences without judgment.