How to Strengthen Your Existing Relationships
As you invest in the quality of your life, you automatically become more concerned with the quality of your relationships. You feel better about yourself and are less likely to tolerate the relationships that bring you down. Instead, look for those people who support you, excite and inspire you, and challenge you to be your best. When we share mutually supportive and loving relationships with others, it becomes much easier to make the important changes that will improve our lives in a positive way.

The possibility for rich relationships exists all around you—you simply have to open your eyes, open your mouth and most importantly, open your heart.

Take Action
Step out of your comfort zone and risk a deeper connection. If you'd like to take an existing relationship to new level, tell that person directly. If there's someone you'd like to get to know better, pick up the phone and invite him or her to dinner. If you long to bring new relationships into your life, let three people in your community know about it. Remember that since most of us share the same desire, when you reach out, the chances are pretty good that someone will reach back. Ask yourself these questions.

The person(s) I'd like to connect more deeply with is (are) ___________.

Two people I'd like to get to know better are _____________.

Excerpted from Cheryl Richardson's book, Lifestyle Makeovers, Week #24: Close Encounters.


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