Connecting with yourself and others builds the ground for collaboration.
I view human connection as the emotional connection upon which trust is built. In all human affairs, these relationships either enable things to work or cause them to fall apart. All else is secondary.
To create a connection with others, be connected with yourself:
- Be honest with yourself. Meaning that you actually do what you tell others is important.
- Be present to yourself. Meaning that you feel your body and what’s going on right in front of you. You aren’t stuffing your face with coffee and donuts while you think about the past or the future.
You are honest and present with others:
- Be authentic, even if it hurts. Being real will feel unnatural at first. This is because we’ve all been conditioned to be something we aren’t…to look and act a certain way. This is a lie to ourselves and others and makes you sick over time. Authenticity is rare and very attractive. People of character yearn to connect with those who are connected to themselves!
- Do what you say you will do. This is so easy and so rare that it really stands out! Don’t make promises you won’t fulfill. Even the little things like, “I’ll call you tomorrow.” Take your promises seriously. To do otherwise erodes the fabric of your soul and other’s trust. When you break a commitment, you’re not a bad person. Go fix it and move on!
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