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If You Want to Wake Up Eager Make Sure You're Strong in These Free Relationship Test Areas
How Are You Doing?
People say, "It's like a quick, short & free relationship test, cool!"
They're referring to the four Spirit & Well-Being
Wake Up Eager Habit: Re-Calibrate Daily Quiz statements, that can help
you assess how you are doing in this important area of making and
keeping personal and professional connections.
This page is dedicated to help you answer this statement as very true for you:
"I have a close group of professional contacts with whom I can discuss challenges and celebrations."
If you've not taken the Wake Up Eager Habit: Re-Calibrate Daily Quiz, you can take it here.
BETTER THAN PROZAC "Friendship has a profound effect on your physical well-being. Having good relationships improves health and lifts depressions. You don't necessarily need drugs or medical treatment to accomplish this ...just friends." ---Eugene Kennedy, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Loyola University of Chicago.
As the statement above shares, having a strong support network with others is an important part of happy and healthy life.
When you're really busy, you don't always notice its' lack, that is until you want to celebrate (or commiserate) something important with someone who cares.
That's the time you might begin wishing you had stronger, deeper and more informal "I can call you anytime" relationships with colleagues.
Close and comfortable connections with others won't happen on its own. Cultivating true friends takes time and requires focus from you. That's why it's included in the free relationship test part of the Wake Up Eager Secrets quiz.
Building Your Support Network: How to Make Friends Free Relationship Test Advice
I've had to work at this area too. As I moved forward in my career I found myself not taking time to forge strong and comfortable friendships with colleagues.
Here are some of the things I've done to reverse that trend with success. Some of these are very easy, but if we were all good at this, a page like this would not be necessary!
for a project or work on the Board of an industry association. Working
with others in this way cements strong and special connections AND you
are building your skill-set, a win-win-win all the way around.
can also make professional connections in less obvious places, like:
your neighborhood association, non-profits organizations that you care
about and small group ministry meetings at church. (At my church we had something we called Conscious Living Circles - it was a great way to get to know people and make friends.)
Don't overlook the power of volunteering.
Seek opportunities for formal communication among colleagues
at staff meetings, brainstorming sessions, follow-up meetings, etc.
Don't wait around for someone to talk to you, reach out and begin the
conversation by asking questions and starting a dialogue.
Focus on noticing the people who make you smile, laugh and generally lift your spirits. Find ways
to spend more time with those people. This sounds simple, but if your
network is looking kind of slim, you've not been doing this. I do this
and it works.
When I meet someone I find interesting I immediately
find a way to connect - either by lunch, at a meeting or I get them
involved in my website. These small reach-outs, initiated by me, have helped me cultivate a broad network of friends and colleagues. It works - try it!
Attend events, lectures, forums or gatherings that interest you. Keep your eyes open for other attendees you can reach out to. For more insights on the how, why and what of networking at meetings, check out this What is Networking article.
Spend time really getting to know your parents, grandparents, siblings or extended family better. They say 'you can't pick your family,'
but you do share a bond that should not be taken for granted and that
can be strengthened. Think of a favorite relative you've always liked,
but don't know every well and spend more time with that person.
Yes, certain family members could become a part of your professional network. Who else knows you better and has your best interests at heart?
Create annual traditions with people you know, around shared interests. If you love NASCAR (like I do) plan to go to the local track every year. Or celebrate each others birthdays at a favorite spot or pay golf every other Sunday.
Face it all close-knit professional or personal relationships require trust.
What better way is there to build trust and connection than to spend
regular, quality time with someone doing something you both like?
Don't be shy about asking
people for advice. People love to give advice and asking for their
input will help you and at the same demonstrate that you respect and are
interested in that person. And you'll learn something! If you don't know what to say, ask questions.
opportunities for informal communication with colleagues - monthly
luncheons off-site, brown-bag lunches in the break room, loosely
structured "meetings" with others where they can choose the topics for
book is about the power of friends, networking, sharing. If you scored
lower on the free relationship test items in the Spirit/Well-Being Area
and you're not convinced that friendship & support is
important to finding motivation and inspiration as a leader and
professional, this book provides solid evidence.
Check out this interview with Meredith Bell, a colleague and coach
friend of mine for over five years. She is the President of Performance
Support Systems and Small Business Expert.
In this interview Meredith shares why professional and personal connection are crucial to success
in your Wake Up Eager Life. She shares her strategies for waking up
wager and passing along advice for of the free relationship test items.
Meredith is a great person to know and has been someone who's helped me answer this question on the free relationship test: I have a close group of professional contacts with whom I can discuss challenges and celebrations, as very true.
“Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don't worry...I'm here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you. ---Charlie Brown to Snoopy
You might look at some of the above suggestions as basic, I know.
The Bottom Line:
Lack of support from professional colleagues leaves a void. If you
scored low in this area on the free relationship test: take time to
cultivate this area.
Next time you're having fun with your friends, you'll be soooo glad you made the effort!
There is something you must always remember:
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you.” ---Christopher Robin to Winnie Pooh
Is There Any Hope With These Colleagues? We probably won't be inviting these guys to lunch!
“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.” ---Tennessee Williams
The Power of Cultivating Connection and Support: We ARE the World... We get to choose... "There's a choice we're making..." As we give our time to others, "We're saving our own lives..." Click Play to Watch the Power of Professional Connections in Action...
We Are The World - Singers In Order of Appearance: Lionel
Richie; Lionel Richie & Stevie Wonder; Stevie Wonder; Paul Simon;
Paul Simon & Kenny Rogers; Kenny Rogers; James Ingram; Tina
Turner; Billy Joel; Michael Jackson; Diana Ross; Michael & Diana
Ross; Dionne Warwick; Dionne Warwick & Willie Nelson; Willie
Nelson; Al Jarreau; Bruce Springsteen; Kenny Loggins; Steve Perry;
Daryl Hall; Michael Jackson; Huey Lewis; Cindi Lauper; Kim Carnes;
Bob Dylan; Ray Charles;
We are the world......
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