Awhile back I was talking about the importance of having an idea garden, but just as important is taking time to tend to our Relationship Garden.
The theme of this week seemed to be all about connection for me. From meeting some wonderful new people at a couple of networking events and embarking on a deep renovation my CRM database, to discovering an amazing new VO sister thanks to another one and catching up with some of my dear friends from high school around a campfire last night.
The web of people that make up our life is the single most precious asset we have and it needs to be nurtured regularly to stay healthy and vital. Is there someone who helped you get where you are that you haven’t thanked yet? Are there any people you’ve been meaning to call or message, just to let them know they’re on your mind? Gardens need pruning, too, so perhaps there are some relationships that are no longer serving you that need to be released. Take some time this week to assess the state of your relationship garden and see what it might need to make it just a little more beautiful.
WATCH: One of the events I attended was the Network Under 40 mixer at WeWork in East Nashville. On their site, they offer a really informative series of bite-sized videos on better networking.
READ: Keith Ferazzi’s book, Never Eat Alone, is another excellent resource for building and maintaining your relationship garden. Here’s a taste:
“Living a connected life leads one to take a different view. Life is less a quest than a quilt. We find meaning, love, and prosperity through the process of stitching together our bold attempts to help others find their own way in their lives. The relationships we weave become an exquisite and endless pattern.”
LISTEN: Few people I know are as good at making authentic, valuable connections with people than my dear friend and colleague, Tracy Lindley. Listen to what she has to say about LinkedIn, and you’ll find that it becomes a really fun and thriving place to be.
Make this week magnificent!