The Power of Intentional Relationships
We all know that relationships are essential. They can provide support, advice, and laughs when we need them most. They can also be a source of comfort and connection. But we don't often discuss what it takes to cultivate these relationships. The intentionality. The time. The consistency. Being both interesting and interested.
Building solid relationships doesn't happen overnight. It takes work, but it is so worth it. Life is better when you have people in your corner who believe in you and whom you can count on. Here's how you can start building the relationships you want and need.
- Set Some Goals
What kind of relationships do you want to build? Do you want more professional connections? More friends? A mentor? A mentee? Once you know what you're looking for, you can start taking steps to make it happen. LinkedIn is a great place to begin expanding your professional network if you're unsure where to start. There are also plenty of Meetup groups for people with similar interests if you're looking for friends with whom to explore your city or town.
- Get Out There and Meet People
Now that you know what kind of relationships you want to build, it's time to get out there and start meeting people. Attend events relevant to your field or interests, join groups, and volunteer for committees or boards. You never know whom you'll meet or what opportunities will come your way just by putting yourself out there.
- Follow Up
After meeting someone new, follow up within 24-48 hours with a note or email thanking them for their time and letting them know you enjoyed speaking with them. If they gave you their business card, reference something specific from your conversation, so they know you were listening. This is also an excellent time to invite them to coffee or lunch so you can continue the conversation in a less formal setting.
4.* Nurture Your Relationships *
The key to any relationship is nurturing it over time so it can grow and thrive. Check-in with your connections regularly through social media, text, email, or in person. Have thoughtful conversations, offer help when needed, and make an effort to keep the relationship balanced, so it doesn't become one-sided. When both parties feel like they are getting something out of the relationship – whether it's advice, laughter, or simply someone to listen –it starts to shine.
Relationships are essential – there's no doubt about that – but what's often missing from the conversation is how much work goes into cultivating them. It takes time, energy, and effort to build strong relationships with the people in our lives, but it is worth it when we do. The power of positive relationships should never be underestimated. The fact is, the relationships we have with the people around us have a significant impact on our happiness and productivity. So if you want to be happier and more productive at work (and in life), make an effort to cultivate positive relationships with the people around you. It will make all the difference.
By Dean Miles
Keywords: Business Continuity, Mental Health, Startups