The holidays are just around the corner and for female entrepreneurs – who already feel like we don’t have enough hours in the day – the items on the “to-do” list can be overwhelming. Yes – we are all busy running around working on our business, taking care of the kids, doing chores, trying to create time to have some fun with our significant other or friends – and now we have all the holiday festivities to contend with.
This week I want to remind everyone about some forgotten, and yet very simple – and extremely important aspects of our relationships. We have forgotten civility in our actions and our discourse. It doesn’t matter if these are business relationships, romantic relationships or any other type of relationship. We have forgotten, as the best-selling book from a few years ago stated, that everything we need to know about life we learned in kindergarten.
As entrepreneurs, the ability to develop relationships with others is vital to our business success; and as women, the ability to develop relationships is vital to our happiness in our romantic and interpersonal relationship.
Below are 3 simple, yet highly effective ways to conduct your business and engage in your relationships. Follow these 3 simple suggestions – which everyone can do – and you will find success in your business and happiness in your intimate and interpersonal relationships.
- Have a positive mindset and approach all situations with love. Run your business and engage your partner by coming from a place of love. This will promote positive energy that will impact the way you respond to others and the way they will, in turn, respond to you. People want to do business with people who give off this positive energy because these people energize their surroundings and everyone in it. In addition, all conflict is more readily addressed and resolved when it is approached from a place of love – which fosters one’s ability to understand the other’s position. Think positive and act positively – even in the face of adversity.
- Be kind to everyone. It doesn’t matter how big your business is, how much money you have or how important you, or others, think you are. Besides the fact that this truly is the best way to live your life, it will also have an immeasurable impact on your business and your relationships. You never know who you may say a kind word to or lend a helping hand to that might end up being a great connector for you. I could tell you a million stories about this but suffice it to say doing the right thing by being kind to everyone – remembering the world is not always a kind place – will grow your business and bring happiness to your interpersonal relationships.
- Respect everyone, especially those who are different from you. Diversity is the name of the game in our new world order. If you want to be in business, you will need to be respectful of people from other ethnic, religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. It would be great if you learn about these other cultures to understand what is considered respectful – and just as importantly to learn what is considered disrespectful if you want to maximize your influence on your clients.
Having a positive mindset, being kind to everyone and being respectful to everyone does not take any great skill or talent. It is just the right way to live your life and conduct your business. It has the added bonus of increasing your profits and creating happiness in your marriage and inter-personal relationships.
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