Investing time and emotions in a relationship that ends up failing can be exhausting. At work or in your personal life the affects are the same. Time and energy are spent and heartache happens.
Relationships are part of being in a community. Being judged for relationships that we are involved in or that surround us is part of being in that important community. Should we step out of the community and give up on relationships altogether to avoid further pain? Of course not.
Good working relationships are a part of everyday business and your personal life. You want relationships in your life at least for networking and of course for fun. Relationships can vary, there are: family, managers, mentors, lovers, neighbors, acquaintances, employees, and many others in your life.
Here are a few tips to building strong relationships of all types:
Honesty – Be open and transparent. People appreciate it. It may seem risky but being real is the foundation of it all.
Apologies – If you are wrong – admit it. People respect that. Don’t be afraid to admit your mistakes – it only makes you look ridiculous. We are all human.
Communication – Keep in touch so that you are not out of touch. Be available – it is worth it.
Face time – Face-to-face visiting can never be replaced by anything other just that. Spend time together – the quality cannot be surpassed.
Old-fashioned writing vs. emails - Don’t forget this format – you will be glad you didn’t. Emails are a wonderful way to say hello as well.
Compliment – Let people know you appreciate them and notice what they do – it will take the both of you a long way.
Interest – Really and genuinely care about the person you are in a relationship – do this by taking a keen interest in what they do, like, and enjoy.
Relationships are a wonderful part of life that you do not want to miss out on. Spend time doing a little research and exploration in how you can live out this part of your life – a little fuller – and you will be glad you did. The application of what you have learned is the fun part.