How do we improve and strengthen the relationships in our life?
There are many ways we can enhance our personal and professional relationships. Some of these ways include: knowing ourselves, setting boundaries, and effectively communicating.
Regardless of the type of relationship you want to make better, you have to commit to putting in the effort. A strong relationship needs a true commitment and willingness to accommodate the needs of each person.
Another way to ensure a healthy relationship is to relinquish some of the control. As much as many of us like to feel in control regarding other people and situations, as we mature and become more emotionally intelligent, we realize we can only control what we do and how we act or react. Understanding this will save us anxiety and time.
Being dependable and someone others can rely on is important when it comes to quality relationships. If you make plans with someone, make sure you follow through and show up. If you agree to a task, complete it. In quality relationships, trust is one of the most important elements.
According to mbclinicalcoach.com, shame erodes our relationships, while gratitude strengthens them. Here are five examples of how shame and gratitude might differ in a relationship:
Shame: I'm sorry for talking so much.
Gratitude: Wow! I must have needed to vent. Thanks for listening.
Shame: I'm sorry for being emotional.
Gratitude: I know my emotions are high. I appreciate you holding space for me.
Shame: I'm sorry for being a burden.
Gratitude: I'm so thankful for your support these days.
Shame: I'm sorry for taking so long to respond.
Gratitude: I've been so busy, thank you for your patience.
Shame: I'm sorry I made things so hard.
Gratitude: I'm a work in progress, thanks for having faith in me.
There are many ways to nurture positive relationships in our lives. One of the most important is to put the needs and rights of the other person before our own needs and rights.
Beneficial relationships don't happen by accident. They require time, commitment, and trust on the part of both individuals.
Please leave me a comment about your thoughts on improving the relationships in your life.
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Terry is a sought after speaker who believes in the power of a story to motivate, inspire, and help others lead their uncommon and extraordinary lives. By combining his eleven-year cancer journey with his diverse business, athletic coaching, and hostage negotiating expertise, he delivers compelling yet relatable presentations for conferences, on-line events, panels, meetings, and seminars.