Relationship overhaul

“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. Relational skills are the most important abilities in leadership.” Ralph Nichols

Longing for better relationships?

I think if we're honest, we all have a few relationships that could be better.

If this is true for you, I'd like to give you a few starting points.

Challenge #1: Take time out! Yes, you! Go to the beach, a park, or a mountain, alone with a journal and a pen. During this time alone, reflect on your relationships. Write each one down by name.

Challenge #2: Write things next to those names that you are grateful for about that relationship. What makes them unique and special? How have they influenced you? What would life be missing without them? What are the positive pieces of your personality that they bring out in you?

Challenge #3: Verbalize these aspects of gratitude to your family member. Show them in word and deed how much they mean to you. This will enhance the aspect of belonging, which is a basic need for all of us.

Challenge #4: When that family member irritates you, go to your list and review it, meditating on all the positives instead of the negatives. Doing this before communicating about the issue at hand will allow you to approach the subject with a heart of love and gentleness.

What other ways can you think of to enhance your relationships?

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