When I take the time to reflect on some of the most exciting and difficult moments in my life, I am immediately reminded of the immense support I have received from my friends. I strongly believe that as humans it is natural and beneficial for us to seek out social support; therefore, it is important that we value and nurture our friendships. Friends are the people you choose to love, and people who choose to love you. Our friendships make us stronger, and often times as we strive to accomplish our goals our friends play a pivotal role in our success.
Over the years, I have learned three important lessons about friendship.
Distance means very little. My closest friends live thousands of miles away; and although difficult at times, distance has the potential to strengthen friendships. If you find yourself miles away from the people you love on the journey towards accomplishing your goals, get creative about how you stay in touch. I am a fan of group chats, FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook messenger, etc (you name it, I’ve probably tried it). In this fast-moving world, there are so many ways to connect to the people around you. Don’t let distance ruin the relationships that play a major role in your life. Do you have a friend that you have lost touch with due to distance? If so, how can you reconnect?
There is always room for more. One of the great things about putting yourself out there, is that you open yourself up to the possibilities of meeting new people and creating new friendships. One of the greatest lessons I have learned in the past few years, is to be open to the beautiful possibilities of new friendship. I have met amazing people who I now have the privilege to call my friends while staying focused on my goals. How can you create and maintain new friendships in your life?
Friendships change, and that’s ok. Let’s be honest, we all have friendships that have changed over time. Changes in friendships can be beautiful, and at times painful. I am learning that changes in friendships have the power to teach us valuable lessons about who we are and how we interact with others. If you are currently experiencing changes in a friendship, take the time to reflect on the lessons the change has the potential to teach you.
I would love to hear how you have created and/or maintained friendships on your journey towards becoming legendary. Email me at email@example.com or comment below!