8 Simple Ways to Nurture Your Most Important Relationships

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Good relationships with those who truly matter to you are priceless. But they don’t stay good without effort. Here are some ways to keep them thriving.

Personally and professionally, relationships are at the center of who we are. Whether they are with a parent, spouse, or child, or your boss, team, co-worker, or business partner, your most important relationships are worth the time and care you put into them.

As a leadership coach and business consultant, I see the benefits of making your most important relationships a priority every single day.

Great relationships not only make working easier; they also improve productivity. Deeply connected relationships cultivate trust and mutual respect.

Relationships take effort and hard work, but like anything important in our life, they’re well worth preserving.

Here are some simple ideas to keep your relationships humming, at work and at home.

1. Make a dedicated time for those who matter.

Devote a portion of your day toward relationship building, even if it’s just 20 minutes, perhaps broken up into five-minute segments. Let those who are close to you know that you see them as a priority.

2. Attack the problem, not the person.

When problems arise–and they will–take the time to understand the problem and the person. Instead of spreading blame,  take the opportunity to learn something and practice solving problems collaboratively.

3. Be the most positive person you know.

Positive people are grateful people; they know the measure of how to appreciate others. They focus on what matters to them and they make what matters them important.

4. Never jump to conclusions.

Don’t respond to any situation until you have the whole picture. Nothing can cause more harm to a relationship than jumping to false conclusions, so let go of your biases and judgments. Learn to stay open-minded and work on getting informed.

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