Anyone can go to a networking event and walk away with a stack of contacts. Anyone can attend a business function and meet new people. Anyone can fill a database with names. How many of you create REALationships though?
What do your relationships look like? Are they relationships or REALationships?
Would you say that you have a lot of great friends?
Would you say that you have many Facebook friends?
RE is a prefix and listed at Dictionary.com as meaning; to return to a previous condition such as renew or retrace. It could also be indicating repetition of an action such as remarry
Are your relationships just a repetitive action that continues to return to a previous condition or are you creating REALationships?
When we search REAL at Dictionary.com we find that it means true, genuine and even can be defined as sincere. Another definition that comes with REAL is existing or occurring in the physical world. Again we ask you, are you developing REALationships with others?
A REALationship is one that grows. One that is true. One that is sincere. One that is not focused on what it can provide for you. One that is genuine. One you want to develop. A REALationship is one that is in the physical world, not just online.
It is important to have relationships in your life. These are the people who you know and yet don’t know. You know them from work and enough to ask about their kids, and that’s where it ends. These are the people who you contact when you are looking for sponsorship, helping your daughter sell Girl Scout cookies or looking to grow your business.
How do you create REALationships? You listen, you ask great questions, you come from contribution, you give to give and don’t give to get and you care about the other person. You lift your head up from a screen and give your attention.
Each of us can only have a handful of strong REALationships so make sure you give your time and effort to those that you want to help grow, assist and still learn from yourself. Remember that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, so choose wisely.
Your REALationships are the people you want to share with, celebrate with and mourn with. These are the people who reach out to you to sponsor you, buy your daughter’s Girl Scout cookies and are always thinking how they can help you grow your business.
REALationships will change in your life as people move, as people change and as people develop other REALationships that impact them. That means to keep it real you must work on it.
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