Creating five year goals for relationships may be a little hard to do at this point but I want you to try and write down the bones. After five years of working your 10 year plan, you’ll need to repeat some of the steps you took when creating this plan. Checking in on progress is always a good procedure to implement. So today, you are going to set in place, a check in point for when that five year mark hits.
When the five year mark hits, you will need to fill create another list identifying everyone in your life. Once the list is created, you will need to indicate who in your life is a foundation relationship, a relationship to maintain, one to develop, and perhaps, one in which you need to say goodbye. This list will be your guiding star throughout the implementation of your 10 year plan. If life starts to get in the way or you are feeling off balance, refer back to this list.
By the time, you reach the five year mark, you will have developed or maintained relationships that allow you to safely communicate your interest and investment in the relationship. The individuals you remain in contact with will appreciate your dedication and will hopefully be invested by this point as well. Check in with them. Ask them how they feel the relationship is going. Could there be more communication? A bigger effort to spend time with one another? By initiating this conversation, you are opening the lines of communication and allowing them to further trust you have no alternative reason for befriending them. Offering an even exchange of resources (listening and interest of their lives) solidifies a long-lasting relationship.
I don’t know about you, but I think I need to call my mom right now. Why don’t you give your loved one a call or text? A quick hello can work wonders.
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