5 Steps to Building Better Relationships

Published by at 9:36 AM under Creating Success

You are not alone in this world. You interact with several different people on a daily basis. It could be family, friends or coworkers but each person offers a unique relationship that can add to your life, if you let it.

It is not easy cultivating relationships. Think of a garden. In order for the plants and flowers to grow well they need love and attention. Turning over the soil, adding mineral nutrients and watering are all a part growing a healthy plan and relationships need that same type of nurturing.

There are several ways to keep the relationships in your life well tended. When they are, you’ll find a wealth of support and knowledge to help you achieve your personal goals.

  1. Listen. Ask them about their day or how things are going with their families and really listen to what they say. Develop empathy for those you care about so you are able to understand where a they are coming from.
  2. Communicate often. It is easy these days to lose touch. But, there is also a variety of ways to let someone know they are special in your life: cell phone, telephone, letter, texting and email besides face to face meetings. Let the special people in your life know you haven’t forgotten about them even though the years and miles keep you apart.
  3. Spend time with others. We all need human contact. Create new memories with friends and family. Don’t neglect people for things. Relationships are always going to be the more valuable of the two.
  4. Know yourself. It is hard to be a part of a group if you don’t know what you bring to it. Each of us has unique talents and skills. Sharing these traits in common with another begins a relationship. When you are secure in who you are and how you feel it is easier to share a part of yourself with others.
  5. Define your commitment. Relationships take time and commitment. Are you willing to invest that time? When you put in the time, you notice things about others such as when they are not well or need your help. These non-verbal cues develop over time. If you want friends, you have to learn to be one first.

Relationships will wither away without proper care. It doesn’t take much to start a relationship but keeping it going requires commitment to share yourself with others to the benefit of both of you.

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  1. Robby Gon 17 Aug 2009 at 10:40 PM

    I really liked that you added number 4: Know Yourself, because many people go about living without ever analyzing what they are bringing to the table in the relationship and only focus on what they are receiving. When you know yourself and understand your own place and identity then it is much easier to know the type of people you will attract. Good post and keep it up!

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