Jealousy can hit us out of nowhere. Life can feel great and then suddenly – it’s not so great. That’s because jealousy is about so much more than just wanting what someone else has. Proverbs 14:30 says “jealousy makes the bones rot“. It is a deep – often secret – emotion that destroys not only relationships but ourselves in the process.
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE TRUST.
Very much. I think love is the single most incredible feeling in the entire world. But it doesn’t have a shot at lasting without trust. Not. A. Shot.
I also value trust because I don’t think it comes very easily. Love is impulsive. It’s irrational and illogical and uncontrollable. We don’t teach ourselves to fall in love. We don’t force it, either. It just happens. Anybody can fall in love. But not everybody can trust.
Trust takes work. It takes dedication. It takes maturity. And it takes a lot of self-development. It’s the blue ribbon in a sea of participation certificates. So it’s no wonder that those of us who haven’t reached the pinnacle of trust desperately want to conquer it.
- LET GO OF THE SMALL THINGS
If you don’t trust someone, you probably pick at all of the small things. Or, is it that if you pick at all of the small things, you inherently lose trust? Honestly, who cares. Neither is good.
Small things are the bane of a healthy relationship’s existence. There is absolutely no reason to focus your hard earned energy on something insignificant in a relationship. The key however is, what’s supposed to be labelled an insignificant ‘small thing,’ or an important ‘small thing’?
Values. It’s all in the values.
If your significant other does something that violates a value of yours – that’s not a small thing. And *this* is exactly how the small things compile into one, large, scary, monster that explodes all over your pretty relationship. They were NEVER small things. They just didn’t get the attention they deserved.
However, for the other small things, the things that might bother you but don’t necessarily violate a value of yours – let it go. Trust that your partner has good intentions. Trust that your partner didn’t mean a thing by it. Trust that your partner has your back. Trust that your partner slipped up. Whatever it is, trust that you don’t have to call out every small thing in order to have a great relationship. Build the trust, and let it go.
- FOCUS ON THE FACTS
Trust is all about perception. If we perceive that someone loves us, then we trust that they love us. It’s as simple as that. So use all of the facts you perceive to be true in your life to support building trust in your life.
It sounds complicated, but it’s not.
Here are some common facts in relationships:
- You are in a monogamous relationship
- Your partner is a good person
- You mean a great deal to them
- They do nice things for you
- They like spending time with you
Those are ALL amazing facts. Now, there might be some other not so amazing facts in your corner as well. Things like
- Your partner doesn’t always have the right thing to say at the right moment
- They have bad days because of work or other life stressors
- Sometimes when they get busy, they don’t text as often
- Their eyes aren’t always on you
- They don’t say ‘I love you’ ALL the time.
You can choose to focus on the first five facts, or you can choose to focus on the latter five facts. Totally up to you. But one of them is going to build trust, and the other isn’t. And I am going to assume that you like this person and want to be a in relationship with this person and think they are deserving of your love – hence, you know, the relationship. So give positivity a shot. The more beneficial factors you perceive, the more trust you will build. Positive facts will always be your greatest relationship asset.
- ALWAYS BE HONEST
Always. Always. Always.
You can’t have trust in someone else if you aren’t even being honest with yourself. If you are “putting on a show” for someone else – that is a huge red flag. More than likely you feel like you aren’t good enough in your natural state, or that your partner is probably faking things for you, too.
This is where the insecurity, suspicious thoughts, and paranoia comes from. This is where trust goes to die. And in order to resurrect it, you have to be honest.
When your partner violates one of your values, speak up. If they piss you off, say something. If they do something absolutely incredible and you want to shower them with love, kiss them! Don’t hold yourself back. Be unapologetically you. Because if you can be your most vulnerable, your most authentic, and your most uninhibited version of yourself, you will ignite that in your partner as well. And just like that, trust will blossom all over the damn place. Yay!
- SET BOUNDARIES
Each relationship has their own rules and that’s great as long as it’s agreed upon. But it’s imperative to dig deep in order to figure out your boundaries. And then you have to share them. This is a collaborative experience – be sure to ask about your partner’s boundaries and make a real solid effort to respect them every inch of the way.
- RELINQUISH CONTROL
Not as easy as it sounds. But we gotta try.
In order to trust, you have to let go. You have to give your partner enough credit not to micromanage, remind, belittle, or question. You just have to trust that they value you as a friend, as a partner, and as a person.
So you have to trust that they will see cute humans around and not act on anything. You have to trust that they are respecting you no matter how far away they might be at certain times. You have to trust that they always have your back, no matter how high the cards are stacked up against you.
Anything short of this isn’t trust. It’s conditional. And it’s not a way to sustain a relationship.
You can still share control of the relationship with your partner (along with life circumstance), but you cannot control your partner. And in trying to do so, you will only make yourself miserable. Control’s side effects shows up in nasty panic attacks, self sabotage, paranoia, insecurity, jealously, and anger. It’s not pretty. And you know what I’m talking about, because we have all felt it at some point or another.
Don’t do this to yourself. Let go of control. Because the less you try to control, the more you will rely on trust.
You will never be happier, healthier, or more secure once you cultivate this state of mind.