“How would your life be different if…You decided to give freely, love fully, and play feverously? Let today be the day…You free yourself from the conditioned rules that limit your happiness and dilute the beautiful life experience. Have fun. Give – Love – Play!”
― Steve Maraboli
A lot of people would like to be happier, to have better relationships with others and wonder why they don’t. How are your relationships? How are your relationships with those you work with and share time with? What is missing in your relationships?
It seems that a lot of people I work with struggle with some of their relationships, many of them are with the managers they work for. Some people aren’t being challenged enough and are afraid to ask for more. Others don’t believe their superiors listen to them and feel taken advantage of. Almost everything we do is based on relationships and we can take a few steps to make them better.
Here are 10 rules for improving relationships.
Rule #1 – Serve the other person. Make their lives better.
Rule #2 – Practice random acts of kindness. How can you make the day better for someone else?
Rule #3 – Release your anger. Give up being angry about things that have happened in the past. Anger is about fear, so identify what you fear and watch the anger melt away.
Rule #4 – Grow. Invest in learning and growing. Becoming a better person will enrich your relationships.
Rule #5 – Listen. It’s simple, it’s hard to do. What are people really saying? Listen to what they say and let them know you heard what they said.
Rule #6 – Appreciate. Say “Thank-you”. Some people who you would like to have a better relationship with have never heard you say “Thank-you”. Show them that you appreciate who they are and what they do.
Rule #7 – Honor Commitments. Build trust with others by honoring your commitments and if you can’t meet a commitment let the other person know when you will meet your commitment. Trust is essential in a relationship and honoring commitments builds trust.
Rule #8 – Be honest. It is easy not to be honest when it is easier to blame someone else or to change the truth so you feel better. Honesty requires that you take responsibility for your actions and your words.
Rule #9 – Don’t wait. If something feels wrong or is wrong then don’t wait for it to go away. Solve the problem right away.
Rule #10 – Love more. Love has power. Love is the opposite of fear and those who love more have better relationships. Love heals. Love forgives.
Pick a rule and adopt it for yourself and use it daily. Add a new rule to your life and see what it does for you. Don’t wait for someone else to change or make the relationship better, go out and make it better yourself.
What rules would you add?
What would help make your relationship with others better?