Believe That All People Start With Good Intentions
Repeat after me: “The glass is half full.” Don’t fall into the trap of assuming everyone has some ulterior motive for everything they do, which is inimical to you and your goals. Be positive and start with the assumption that everyone is operating with good intentions.
Examine your approach to people. Do you think well of them until they demonstrate otherwise, or do you automatically assume they are opposed to you? If the latter, consider a change of attitude.
If you assume otherwise, you will be perceived as distrusting. That establishes an internal (and often external) reputation as a skeptic. And that leads to: “If he doesn’t trust me, why should I trust him?”
But if you maintain ...