You have the power to shift any relationship beginning today.
Create a new energy with someone who needs to smile.
Is there someone you've been avoiding?
Try this clean slate approach to turn things around.
Step 1: Think of someone who, in the past, has seemed unfriendly. (You may find that you have avoided this person because it feels unpleasant and/or uncomfortable. Sometimes things build up over time but it's never too late to reset.)
Step 2: Keep an open mind and decide to approach the other person with a “fresh start” mentality.
Step 3: Instead of avoiding the person, seek them out.
Step 4: Anticipate success.
Step 5: Say hello and greet them with a genuine smile.
Step 6: Ask them a question (anything) and then take the time to listen to what they have to say.
Step 7: Smile again.
Step 8: Notice a few things you like about that person (start small and work you way up to bigger things).
Step 9: Repeat at every opportunity.
Step 10: Review your results in one week.
You are a catalyst for positive change. Change a relationship with this "clean slate" approach.
© Kathy Sturgis, Ph.D. Kathy is founder of Refreshment Zone and is an organizational and personal development specialist with a doctorate in communication. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on motivational programs.