One of the most rewarding experiences we can have in our lives is the connection we have with other people. Positive and supportive relationships can help us to feel motivated and more satisfied with our lives – we can improve our work, home and social lives.
Here are our top tips to help you develop positive relationships:
Accept differences – One of the biggest challenges we experience in relationships is that we are all different. We perceive the world in different ways – certainly when we try to build relationships based on a desire or an expectation. We feel more comfortable when we feel that people ‘get us’ and can see our point of view. However, it would be dull if we were all the same, while we may find it easier, the novelty would soon wear off. So accepting that everyone is different is a great starting point.
Listen effectively – Listening is an important skill in boosting another person’s self-esteem, the silent form of flattery that makes people feel supported and valued. Listening and understanding what others communicate is a crucial part of successful interaction. Reflective listening is the single most useful skills – we are interested in understanding what other people are thinking, wanting, feeling and what the message means. We summaries out understanding of the message and reflect back to the sender for verification. The feedback process is what distinguishes active listening and makes it effective.
Develop your communication skills – Communication occurs when someone understands you, not just when you speak. One of the biggest risks with communication is that you can work on the assumption that the other person has understood the message you are trying to get across. Poor communication in the workplace can lead to blame and back stabbing which would then affect your stress levels.
Give people your time – In a world where time is of the essence and we are trying to fit in more than a lifetime, we don’t always have the time to give to our loved one, friends and colleagues. Being present in the time you give to people is significant, so that, when you are with someone, you are truly with them and now dwelling on the past or worry about the future. The connection you make with others is your existence, and devoting time, energy and effort to developing and building relationships is one of the most valuable skills.
Learn how to give feedback – Feedback is the food of progress. The ability to provide constructive feedback to others helps them to tap into their potential and can help to forge positive relationships. From your own perspective, any feedback you receive is free information and you can choose whether you want to take it on board or not.
Every relationship you have can teach you something and by building positive relationships with others, you will be happier and more fulfilled, supported and connected with others.
To learn more about developing positive relationships, contact Changeworks through this link or call 01785 247588