Being or becoming a trustworthy person is something that many strive for in life. One who is trustworthy, who others have great confidence in, may be asked to take on tasks that others shy away from at work or in everyday situations. This can offer a great opportunity for those hoping to move ahead in life while keeping friends and making acquaintances along the way.
Building trust means that one must make a commitment to trustworthy behavior.
This may be the most important factor in successful relationships. Building trust is accomplished when a person makes themselves vulnerable to another and confidence is not ruined. This can be compared to children who share a secret, but do not tell any others. As an adult, keeping information confidential when necessary, builds trust and gives the appearance of trustworthiness.
In addition, to be considered trustworthy, do what you say you will do.
If you agree to complete a project in a timely manner or attend a party, then do so on time and with a positive appearance. An occasional issue is expected, but repeated failures to complete projects add up quickly. Along the same lines, honor your promises. Whether you agree to help a friend move or bring a snack for lunch, keep each promise you make. If you must break a promise, do so in person. Never call in an excuse unless it is an emergency, and always make a new promise that you keep. Breaking even a small promise can be hugely disappointing to the one expecting your help.
Related to all of the things described above is the need to be consistent. Consistency is highly important when it comes to what people think and feel about your overall character and ability. Everyone knows someone who is habitually late, consistently breaks engagements, or cannot keep a secret. Make sure your consistency stays positive to make yourself come across as trustworthy.
The final aspect of trustworthiness may be obvious but deserves notation. Be honest in what you say and do. Obviously, actions speak louder than words. However, you should be honest in all you say and do. People seek out those who they can trust in both the big and small things at work, home, and in relationships. Do yourself a favor and rise to such a standard. What makes you feel someone is trustworthy?