The 7th Area: External Emotional – Your Relationships.

This one is about relationships. It’s about how we interact with others and how those interactions can either drive us up or down. These relationships are powerful.

 These relationships include:

Your Partner

This is one of the most important relationships you’ll ever have, so make sure you’re making the most of it. Make sure to talk to each other openly and honestly about your feelings, thoughts, needs, and desires. Communication isn’t always easy (trust me, I’ve been there), but it’s the key to being happy and healthy.

Your Family

This is not something that you should let go to chance. It is something that you should keep in mind for your entire life. Your relationships with your family and even your pets are just as important as your relationship with your partner. After all, happy family life is key to living a happy life.

Do you know how you are with your family? What kind of example are you setting for your kids and spouse and everyone else around you? The better you understand your relationships with others, the easier it will be to connect with them, build rapport, and ultimately achieve what you want from them.

Your Friends

The power of relationships, and the people you surround yourself with, has been proven time and time again. We all know people who are incredibly driven and successful, and we also know people who have been unsuccessful despite having lots of talent and drive. So, why are some people able to succeed and others unable to do so?  The answer is that it’s our social network that affects our success the most.

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 Your Work Colleagues

Your relationships with your colleagues can have a big impact on the way you do your job. For example, if you have a bad relationship with your boss or co-worker, it may affect your performance negatively. Likewise, if you enjoy working with your colleagues, it’s easier for you to perform well.

I’ve met a lot of people in various industries and have noticed that the most successful people I’ve met are the ones who are able to collaborate with others in a healthy and productive way.

 Casual Acquaintances

Your relationships with casual acquaintances may be more important than you think. A lot of people think casual acquaintances are simply people they don’t know very well. But they may actually hold more sway over your life than you give them credit for. Your casual acquaintance might be the person who recommends you a job, introduces you to the guy you end up marrying, or tells you about the new restaurant you should check out. And while you might not see yourself as a casual acquaintance, that person may see you as their only real connection to the outside world.

 A relationship with a casual acquaintance might be the only one you maintain throughout your entire life. So how do you keep your casual acquaintances? The answer: By being consistently pleasant to them. Whether it’s a friend, colleague, boss, or family member, we tend to keep positive interactions with these people, while we’re with them. In other words, by being nice to them, we reinforce our positive opinion of them.

Your Interactions With Complete Strangers

 We all know someone who is terrible at small talk. They can’t carry on a conversation with strangers, or they just don’t have any interest in connecting with others. While this isn’t always the case, many people do struggle with being uncomfortable around new people.

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Just remember the basics, mind your manners, say please and thank you, look them in the eye, and don’t interrupt them when they are talking.

Also, be yourself, don’t be fake.