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“If you give to others, you will be given a full amount in return. It will be packed down, shaken together, and spilling over into your lap. The way you treat others is the way you will be treated.” —Luke 6:38 CEV
Recently, I’ve heard repeatedly if you want to succeed you must build relationships first. Here are five tips to ease your effort.
Tip 1: Relationships that improve your success must be genuine.
I’m taking classes and reading blogs on marketing. The primary goal stressed is to build relationships. But immediately following that point is:
- In working to build relationships, you must genuinely desire to help others. click to tweet
You must want the other person to succeed; you gladly do tasks for their benefit. In groups I belong to, this active support includes spending time praying for each other.
Building relationships falls apart if you expect help in return. You’ll get disgruntled when it doesn’t come in the manner you want. Resentfulness doesn’t feel like success.
“Instead of manipulating people for our own purposes, we help them achieve what is best for them. We also try to see life through their eyes. Treat others the way you would want them to treat you.” —Billy Graham
Tip 2: The more you do for others; the more others will do for you.
But the prize while forming this habit is that you grow to enjoy helping others. And watching them succeed. Your general care for others becomes personal and natural.
Tip 3: Being an extrovert or introvert has little to do with building relationships for your success.
I’ve learned it’s whether people charge you with energy or drain you of energy that classifies you as an extrovert or introvert. Not necessarily how talkative or shy you are. I’m an introvert but readily express myself one-on-one.
Regardless of type, you make genuine relationships one person at a time.
Tip 4: Strong family relationships are essential while you build relationships outside your household.
I think Billy Graham warns us well:
“We have exchanged love of family and home for cyberfriends and living in constant motion that robs the soul from memories – and perhaps from that still, small voice that longs to be heard. —Billy Graham
- Building relationships for success starts in the family. click to tweet
Tip 5: You can’t do everything yourself.
- Like it or not, we need others; we’d fail at probably 80% of what we do all alone. click to tweet
My brother-in-law, a retired company executive, always noted his own weaknesses. Then he hired people who excelled in those weaknesses. He was more concerned about building relationships for success than feeling threatened by his staff.
Another example. I plan to make baskets of goodies related to the events and characters in my book. I’ll give them away at celebrations of my book release. I’ve had fun buying the goodies.
I’ve wondered how I’ll make the baskets look inviting. Then I remembered a lovely basket a church member made to collect notes and cards. We’ve developed a friendship though the prayers and bits of encouragement I’ve offered during a difficult time. I’ll ask her to help me. I picture me serving her lunch and us having fun packaging the baskets together.
What tips do you have about building relationships for success?