One of the books that I’m reading at the moment is Brené Brown’s “Dare to Lead” and in discussing building trust with others, she says:

“It turns out that trust is in fact earned in the smallest of moments.  It is earned not through heroic deeds, or even highly visible actions, but through paying attention, listening, and gestures of genuine care and connection.”

I often fall into the trap of looking for the big moments to build trust and gain respect with the people around me.

The inspiring speech.

The brilliant insight.

The moment when I (seemingly) save the day.

But this is a helpful reminder.

It’s a reminder to take note of what is happening in people’s lives.

To listen to their stories.

To remember what matters to them

To notice when things aren’t quite right.

To include them and make them feel accepted.

Just imagine what our relationships and connections would look like if we all did this more.