Last night, I was putting together a proposal for a speaking engagement I am looking to earn in May. The proposal is to be handed in today, and I decided last night that it might be a good idea to have some testimonials to add from those who have seen me speak. I asked four of my friends from all different parts of my life to provide a short testimonial for today. This was a last minute request, at the end of a busy day for all, yet they all came through. I am so grateful to have some truly amazing people in my life, that are there for me when I ask for help. And their kind words mean a great deal to me.
One of my goals for 2010 is to grow and nurture my relationships with the people in my networks. I have been building new networks here in Canada for almost 4 years. I lived overseas for several years, so when I came home, I started over and I had to rebuild my networks. It can be a challenge to build relationships with many new people all at the same time. Some of the relationships have grown into a true friendship, while others remain as a professional relationship where we can count on each other in a professional manner.
One of the biggest lessons I learned in 2009 was that I had been so invested in one of my networks, that when I left that network due to a change in business, I found that many of my other relationships had fallen to the wayside and needed rebuilding. I have much gratitude for great relationships that have been formed.
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” – John Donne.
We are all interconnected and the threads that hold us together are based on the relationship we build. Ask yourself this, how strong are your relationship ties? Have you build relationship in all aspects of your life – with family, friends, co-workers, business partners, referral partners? Who can you count on when the chips are down?
I have been reading Robin Sharma’s The Saint, The Surfer and The C.E.O. and was reminded yesterday about relationship bank accounts. When you really get down to it, relationships are just like a bank account, you make deposits and withdrawals on a daily basis. If you’ve made a number of deposits, such as being there for a friend in need, helping them out when they were going through a challenge or celebrating their accomplishments, then when you have to make a withdrawal, the account has enough for you to be able to make the draw.
On the other hand, if you have been neglect in your deposits, not being there for your family, canceling at the last minute, forgetting important events or anniversaries, when you have to make a withdrawal, the account may be in overdraft and there will be nothing for you to take. And although I am not always on top of my deposits, I am glad that I have known about this relationship currency for the past decade – and it’s always great to be reminded about it!
To all of you who take the time to sneak a peek at my blog and allow me to share my thoughts with you – I thank-you. It gives me great pleasure to express my thoughts in this forum and I always enjoy hearing from you so that we have a chance to interact. I am very grateful for all of the new relationships over the past year, and even more so for the relationships that have been nurtured and grown.