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I have been thinking about relationships a lot lately. Personally, I believe relationships is the one thing that drives everything. Relationships will either have a negative effect on you and the people around you or help you grow in all areas of life.
Here are four reasons why I believe that creating relationships is so important:
1. Relationships create stronger community.
The example I will use here is church because most people have visited a church at some point in their life. When you first walked into that church, you either felt welcomed, or you didn’t. You felt part of the community, or you didn’t. If this happened repeatedly, you may have even thought of going somewhere else. It’s that important. I’m not saying that it’s all their fault because we can start a conversation just as much as we can, but if I walk into someone’s house I expect to be welcomed in… oh, that’s a different blog post. Anyways, this relationship aspect can relate into normal day life. When you greet people, love people and genuinely care about others, that creates a different relationship than just those “surface” conversations. You become family and those relationships are always the best for everyone involved.
2. It grows confidence.
Maybe this is just me, but it takes some time for me to feel comfortable in relationships. It takes time for me to figure out what that look on your face really means, it takes time to know what you are really thinking and it definitely takes time to go deeper than just those “surface” conversations. But, as relationships grow, then confidence starts to build. Not only in those relationships, but finding it in every relationship becomes more fluid. I guess this principle applies in many areas of life-the more that you achieve or even attempt something, it becomes easier over time.
Whether you like this part of the hustle, it is just so important. If you want to become a better writer, get to know other good writers. If you want to be a great musician, learn things from other great writers. If you want to become a good astronaut, then learn from other great astronauts…I think that last one applies. Well, you get what I mean. Find those that you want to learn from, those that you want to get to know more and those you can mentor in life and then create relationships with those people. It will most likely be easy because you will already have something in common with them.
4. Here’s the big one…It’s what life is all about.
Think about this one for a minute.
Creating relationships might be the single most action you can perform. Throughout life you form relationships with friends and family, which will form you into the person that you will ultimately become. That’s pretty important, right? So, be strategic in the relationships that you make because they will end up teaching you so much.
Do you have to be more intentional on focusing on relationships or does it just come natural for you? You can leave a comment below.