A significant part of your happiness lies in maintaining good relationships with your loved ones. “Working with Emotional Intelligence,” by Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., suggests social skills cultivate success more than intellect, education, and experience combined.
Your happiness is critical to becoming an optimistic and confident person aligned with positive and successful habits. Your career authentically flourishes, and your success is sustainable when you embody positivity because you’re leading a happy and purposeful life.
Benjamin Disraeli states: “No success in public life can compensate for failure in the home.” It is impossible to lead a truly successful and fulfilling life – personally and professionally – when your personal life and relationships are neglected and in disarray.
Key Behaviors to Manage Relationships
- Prioritize your loved ones and make the sacrifices necessary to accommodate them.
- Invest and schedule one-on-one time with those you care about to build and improve your relationships.
- Make choices to communicate and actively engage with your loved ones to bond with them.
- Plan family vacations in advance and even make them non-refundable to commit to the travel.
- Identify what activities you need to reduce to spend time with your loved ones.
How to Build Your Relationships
- Determine your family and personal values: identify what you stand for in your relationships and your values with family, friends, and acquaintances.
- Clarify your family and personal vision: imagine your ideal familial environment.
- Identify your family and personal mission: create a family mission statement to guide yourself and your family’s dynamics and behavior toward one another.
- Set goals for your family and personal life: decide what you want to achieve for your family. Tangible (i.e., obtaining health, house, and car insurance) and intangible goals (i.e., spending more time with your spouse) challenge your commitment and character by considering the multidimensional aspects of maintaining personal relationships.
- Upgrade your family and personal relationship skills: after identifying your tangible and intangible goals, choose one to focus on achieving.
How to Maintain Your Relationships
- Develop winning family and personal habits: pinpoint habits and behaviors to improve your family’s quality of life (i.e., work on improving your listening skills, deliberately taking time off work to put time into improving your relationship with your family).
- Create your daily family and personal activity schedule. Identify specific things you can do daily for your family, focus on an activity to improve your relationship with family members and friends, and discipline yourself to complete that activity daily until it becomes a habit.
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