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Relationships are a marathon … not a sprint.

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In my moving-fast, “get it done” plan of action for this week, I once again overlooked a fundamentally important element of that plan – I forgot to take the time in my significant relationship to share our mutual intention. It then seems less like an intention and more like me, barking orders or giving suggestions on what I think the person should do.

What it should be is what our intention for all of relationships should be, to help each other be our best selves.  Sometimes in the rush of our days, our hurry to pack as much as we can into a 24-hour period, it seems easier to just give advice rather than take the time to craft and share an intention. And we forget how our suggestions or advice can make the other person feel.

Do you ever feel you have no time to talk or share in your significant relationships? If so, then create a new plan of action – or a plan of less action. Slow down this week and make quiet time to talk and share.

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“In many ways, effective communication begins with mutual respect, communication that inspires, encourages others to do their best.”

– Zig Ziglar

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