SUPPORT makes Your Greatness Possible

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if 2017:Living The Dream is going to be a reality, you won't achieve it alone.  Here's 12 tips to developing a network that will support you in your success AND the struggles that sometimes come along.  

 

12 TIPS TO DEVELOP A NETWORK OF SUPPORT 

1. Find a place in your life that uplifts you or brings you peace of mind.  This place could be in nature, a place in your home, a park, (THE DOJO ;-), wherever you can go that brings you relief from the stress of the outside world.

2. Spend time with your family and loved ones. It's important that you take the time to spend time and not just money on the people you love.  The bottom line of life is that we must find the time for those people most important to you, so give of your time to show how important they are to you. Nothing is permanent. Stop spending all your energy as the bread winner getting material things and start being present with your loved ones.  Take the time to listen to them and their day. It's the little things and attention that show people that you care.  Life is a gift, don't take it for granted.

3. Make a point once a day to tell the people you live with and love how much they mean to you. Don't assume they know. Write little notes, do things that let people know you appreciate and love them.

4. Be aware of how you treat your support system. Do you extend the same patience and courtesy to your family and friends as you do to your employees and associates? We often treat the ones we love with disrespect and disregard (not smart if we want to keep them)

5. Be authentic and show an interest in other people's lives--joys and sorrows. You have to be a friend in order to have one.

6. Learn to really listen to what your family and friends say and not just act as if you were listening. Ask questions about what they think and feel.

7. Make a goal daily to extend kindness and thoughtful gifts of self. Lend a hand to someone who needs it. Do you something from your heart to another soul. Offer to do things for people in need. Send a gift from your garden, kitchen, workshop, or your creative hand and it will often mean more than anything you could have bought them.

8. Make a commitment to yourself to stay on good terms with everyone possible(even your competitors) since all business contacts, peers, and colleagues are all potential resources.

9. Keep your word. If you commit yourself to anything - A deadline, confidentiality, a committee - follow through. Reliability can pay dividends. If you find you cannot follow through renegotiate as soon as possible and make a new arrangement. Communication is the key.

10. Be mature enough that you never burn your bridges. You may have to cross that river again. You never know what the future will bring.

11. Cultivate and nurture your friendships. Be there for them if they are there for you. Write them a note. Send them a card. Clip a news item that would interest them. Visit them. Invite them to your house. Talk with them. Keep in touch with friends far away; even friends you have not spoken with for years will be thrilled to hear from you.

12. Learn the fine art of apology and forgiveness. Everyone does the best they can do with the knowledge and understanding they have at the moment. Don't allow yourself to hold Reges because it wastes your life energy and causes you bitterness and unhappiness. Forgive others to free yourself from the negative thoughts. Learn to apologize when you are wrong. That is what a true mature human being does.



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