The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.”
When I think of the word quality I think of something that breeds excellence. Businesses claim that the products they produce have that same level of quality in making a contribution some long-term revenue and profitability. In today’s quote by American author, coach, motivational speaker, and philanthropist Tony Robbins believed that long-term term revenue and profitability in our lives is through the quality of our relationships.
If we are wanting to live a life that truly one of quality we need to understand how in fact we develop relationships of high quality. Dr. Terry Jackson wrote an article a few years back on AboutLeaders.com about the seven principles he believes are necessary for developing quality relationships. Each one is equal in its importance, but it is the statements that are within each that send a deep message of what we should be committing to ourselves and to one another in order for relationships to not only maintain but sustain a solid foundation that can continue to grow for years to come:
I accept people for who they are, including myself. I consider all people to be unique and accept that as a positive, rather than a source of frustration.
I treat all people, including myself, with respect on an adult level. I do not resort to childish or emotional games. I do not manipulate myself or others. I respect others’ right to be who and what they are and do not try to change them.
I have a clear understanding of myself and others. I make every attempt to appreciate and understand the differences that go into making each individual unique and special.
I am open and honest. I feel free enough to speak and act in a manner that is consistent with what I feel and believe. I do not put on airs or try to be anything other than the best “me” I can be. I allow and encourage others to be themselves and promote a feeling of openness in all my dealings with them. I do not permit my predisposition, prejudgment or prejudices to stand in the way of open and harmonious relationships.
I do not judge myself or others. I accept and practice the belief that we are all different and unique. I approach others with the attitude that there are more dimensions to a given situation than simply “right” or “wrong.” I expect and embrace these differences of perception as opportunities to learn.
I am self-empowered. I have the conviction of my beliefs. I do not need or seek external strokes to determine my feelings or attitude. I also empower all those with whom I come into contact, respecting their individuality and encouraging their input. I am willing to admit I do not have all the answers.
I operate from a fundamental basis of honesty. This value permeates everything I do or say. I am honest with others and expect others to be honest with me. I proactively promote an environment which invites open discussion, differing points of view, and have faith in the abilities and judgment of others, even when I sometimes do not agree. I maintain confidentiality when others confide in me.
These are seven powerful principles that I believe are also applicable to what principles are necessary in becoming socially aware. If we are able to live by these principles each and every day, the quality of our lives and that of our relationships would be for the better. Make the choice to live by these today and every day moving forward. Your relationship with yourself and with others will be stronger because of it.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your relationship skills?