How Are Your Relationships?

In any relationship, it’s important to be a good listener as well as a good communicator.  Open, honest communication is the best foundation for any relationship, but remember that at the end of the day it’s not what you say or do, but how you make people feel that matters the most.

In order for someone to feel good about a relationship, they must know that the other person truly cares about them, both personally and professionally.

You have the power to create long-term, meaningful relationships but you also have the power to not do anything.  The first question to ask yourself is what is the basis for all of your success in life?  Answer will inevitably have to do with relationships – customer relationships, coworker relationships, business partner relationships, relationships with your friends and family, and so on.

So…

How are your relationships with your customers or clients?

How are your relationships with your coworkers?

How are your relationships with your friends?

How is your relationship with your family?

Some, or all, of these relationships might already be great.  Some of them might be crap – or at least not what you would like them to be.  The thing to realize is that relationships never reach a point of goodness where you can just sit back and ride the wave of the good relationship out.  They are ever evolving.  They are in constant push and pull.  They require constant work.  They require constant energy, time and focus.

What are you doing to make your relationships better?

This isn’t hard.  It could be as simple as an email, text or phone call.  Maybe you email a customer of yours to see how they’re doing and ask if there’s anything that you could do to make their business run smoother.  Maybe you take five minutes out of your day to talk to a coworker and ask them how their family is doing.  Maybe you send your friends or family an email letting them know that without them you are nothing.

Remember that you will unlikely be able to have great relationships with everyone.  Realize that and accept it for what it is.  You must first make sure that the most important relationship in your life is at the forefront of your focus – that is, the relationship you have with yourself.  From there, you will build out to those around you that you wish to have the best relationships with.  Be willing to be open and honest with those people.  And remember, at the end of the day they will likely forget most of what you’ve said, but they will never forget how you make them feel.

Happy Wednesday!

(Chad)

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