How many people in the world do you trust completely?
People you trust not to lie to you, cheat you, or steal from you—this is garden-variety trust.
How many people do you trust enough for you to share who you really are? How many people do you know in your heart have your back? How many people could you trust with your life?
Try to list those people.
For many of us, the number of people like that in our lives can be counted on one hand, and the truth is we are lucky if we have one or two. But before we start weeping silently into our oatmeal, let’s think about the dynamics of what it takes to be trustworthy.
Each of us has to trust ourselves first. If we don’t, we lack the fundamental basis for trust. We have to trust ourselves that we will act in our own best interest. We have to trust that we will create a life for ourselves that we can use as a foundation to do great things. We have to trust that we will give ourselves a stable emotional base.