How to Grow a Relationship
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Like a flower that needs nurturing to grow from a tiny seed into a beautiful flower, a relationship needs nurturing to grow from a tiny beginning into something beautiful. If any type of relationship is going to flourish it needs time and effort, or it will wither.
A successful relationship does not grow overnight, but must be cultivated over time. Whether it is personal or professional, it takes time to grow. There are many facets of a relationship and one of the most important aspect is time. Relationships cannot be rushed or hurried for two reasons. If you rush into a relationship, chances are it will fail because you did not give it time to properly grow. Secondly, if a relationship is rushed, it cannot flourish. In today's society, everyone is in a rush or hurry to be in some type of relationship. However, for a relationship to fully develop over time, four elements are needed.
Growing Relationships Over Time
To grow in a relationship over time, the first thing needed is trust in yourself and the other person. Trust is one of the most difficult things a person can do in a relationship. In an age of social media, trusting yourself to make the right decisions or trusting another person is not simple. It is important to take time to get to know someone before building a relationship, that is why trust is so vital to the growth of a relationship. Trust does not grow in one day and neither do relationships. Let trust nourish your relationship and build a foundation rooted in love. In addition to trust, relationships need initiative.
In a relationship, a person must be willing to take time to let the relationship grow. If a person is willing to go slow before the relationship grows, then relationships can blossom into something beautiful. However, you must be willing to take the initiative not be in a hurry and willing to wait until the timing is right. Take the time to really get to know someone, do not rush into something that will later wither and die. One way to really get to know someone is to move slowly.
Move slowly in a relationship or risk failure. Most people are ready to start a relationship from day one. However, to cultivate a good relationship that will grow over time, you must move slowly. Take each day to get to know someone. The more you know someone, the more you will come to appreciate them. Moving too fast in a relationship not only hurts you, but the other person. Relationships cannot grow on hurt feelings or empty promises. Take each moment to enjoy every second, every minute, and every hour of your relationship. In the time it takes for you to start a relationship, the same time can end a relationship. Relationships to cultivate over time, flourish with each day, and grow into something beautiful. In addition to time, relationships cannot grow without effort.
Effort and Encouragement
A little effort goes a long way in the growth of a relationship. Effort in a relationship includes six elements that will help it grow. Encouragement, forgiveness, faith, openness, respect, and truthfulness are the keys to relationship growth.
Encouragement goes a long way in relationship growth. Negativity can hinder the growth of a beautiful relationship and when a person is encouraging throughout the growth process, the relationship will flourish and bloom. However, if a person continues to be discouraging, then the relationship is not worth the effort you put into it. Do not let negativity discourage a relationship, make an effort to be positive, but remember relationships are two-sided, not one-sided.
Forgiveness is vital to the growth of a relationship. So many times relationships are built on deception, that way is it important to put a little effort into a beginning relationship. You have to ask, do you want a relationship based on lies? If the answer is yes, then it may be time to move on. If the answer is no, then it is time to forgive. Nobody wants a relationship to grow from lies. However, forgiveness can help build a foundation of trust. Remember, the heart is easily bruised when hurt, but forgiveness can heal all wounds.
Along with encouragement and forgiveness, a relationship must have faith, openness, respect, and truthfulness to grow into something beautiful. Make an effort to let your relationship grow with all the elements needed from beginning to end. Take time to grow a beautiful relationship that will not wither but flourish.
Debra A. Elliott
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