In my book: The Invisible Organization, I posed two questions:
A. Can you effectively determine who in your organization deserves your unqualified and complete trust and who doesn’t?
B. Are you known to be trustworthy?
Please answer a YES to this question if both are true, answer no, if one or none of the two questions are true, meaning you would answered no to either or both questions.
Believe me when I say this, you are in an absolutely perfect place in your life no matter what your current condition is.
Even if your business has plateaued, even if you are losing money every quarter, without being completely trustworthy, your situation would be far harder to deal with. It’s because of your trustworthiness that you have “currency” in this world and now it’s time to use it.
Knowing who deserves your trust and who doesn’t is one of life's greatest skills.
With that alone you can rebuild your business and your life or soar to new heights with just a little bit of guidance and assistance.
Now is the time to use your skills and cut infrastructure, solidify your internal systems, deploy new marketing and sales efforts only possible with an Invisible Organization and restart your growth again, this time based on a high trust, low overhead model that will bring you to profitability more quickly than before. Congratulations, you are about to soar.
If you answered no, then congratulations with being honest with yourself, only you would know this and it’s not easy to admit to yourself when you do finally realize the truth.
Step one, you are there. You know this is an issue. Now you can fix it and the path to fixing it is not difficult but it does take time. Trust is built over time, one transaction, one relationship at a time. There’s never a better time to start than RIGHT NOW.
As of today, decide that your word is your bond and allow nothing to get in the way with you keeping your word to yourself and to your partners. If you want to work on this by trusting yourself, by keeping your own word, then here’s a simple exercise:
Find something distasteful and make yourself do it, pick the most inconvenient time possible. For example, set your alarm for 3:45 am and get up, get dressed and go outside. Find something bulky and move it across your property, back and forth, 10 times. Now congratulate yourself and go back to bed.
You did something your logical mind told you not to do, that it was a waste of time and effort, yet you did it anyway. You are on the path to trusting yourself, great work, keep it up. Do it again and again until you have shown your comfortable thinking who really is in control.
Now do what you need to do in your life to regain the quality of trustworthiness. Keep it up, the benefits and rewards are realized in decades of wonderful relationships and your quality of life.