A few months ago, I attended an exciting presentation entitled The Leader as Coach led by my very good friend, Life Satisfaction Coach Joan Jesion. As she reviewed her coaching tips with the group, I couldn’t help but notice how each tip could equally apply to living a successful, loving relationship. Of course, I've inserted the word “partner” for the purpose of the love lesson.
- Talk with your partner, not to or at your partner. Your partner is your equal and you both deserve to be treated with respect.
- Admit mistakes. Enough of the blame game. There is no place for words like: “you always” or “you never” …
- Keep it simple. No making a mountain out of a molehill. Deal with the issue at hand.
- Listen — especially to what’s not being said. This means no interrupting or thinking ahead as to what to say next. Your partner deserves your undivided attention.
- Keep it short and specific. Stay on topic. No rambling and no bringing up the past.
- Be sincere. Honesty is the best policy; however, please remember that honesty without compassion is brutality.
- Be timely. Don’t allow negative feelings to build inside you or you risk that you become resentful and, even worse, that you lose your cool.
There’s no doubt that our relationships, both personal and professional, will benefit when we incorporate these tips into our life on a daily basis. All that it requires is making a conscious effort to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Until next month, live each day passionately and consciously!
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