Relationships are at the heart of our everyday life. If you want to have good relationships that stand the test of time you need to work on them daily. In John Maxwell’s Book he provides tried and proven principles for developing and maintaining healthy relationships.
Relationships are what life is made of, so why not take the time to read about some helpful tips on how to have great relationships?
Here are a few excerpts from Relationships 101 that will motivate you to do so.
“When you respect people and you spend enough time with them to develop shared experiences, you are in a position to develop trust.
When relationships grow and start to get solid, the people involved begin to enjoy each other.
One way to overcome our natural self-centeredness is to try to see things from other people’s perspectives.
If you treat every person you meet as if he or she were the most important person in the world, you’ll communicate that he or she is somebody- to you.
It doesn’t take much effort to help other people feel important. Little things done deliberately at the right time can make a big difference.
What you give to one person overflows into the lives of all the people that person impacts.
Good marriages and strong families are joys, but they don’t just happen on their own. If we want to have solid families and healthy marriages, we have to work hard to create them.
Feeling appreciated brings out the best in people.
It’s important to focus on the positive aspects of each other’s personality and express unconditional love for each other, both verbally and nonverbally.
One-sided personal relationships don’t last. If one person is always the giver and the other is always the receiver, then the relationship will eventually disintegrate. For people to improve relationally there has to be give-and-take so that everyone benefits as well as gives.”
I would like to end with a quote from Les Giblin. “You can’t make the other fellow feel important in your presence if you secretly feel like he is a nobody.”
There are many other helpful principles in this book that will inspire you in building strong enjoyable relationships that will last throughout your lifetime.
If you would like to read more on building relationships, strengthening the ones you have, or how to better connect with others, you can purchase this book used at Amazon.com for $4.00, or you may borrow my copy.
Editor’s Note: The fact that this book is reviewed here is not a blanket endorsement of this book. Please read this book with scriptural discernment and “prove all things” from the Word of God!
Gina is happily married to Jim Hall who is the Director of Payroll at St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network in Bethlehem, PA. They have been members of the Lehigh Valley Baptist Church for over 30 years. They have 7 children & 11 grandchildren. The 3 oldest children are married. Two boys and two girls are at home. Our 2 girls came from the wonderful country of China. We love all our children immensely and enjoy a very happy, fulfilled home. Training her children in the ways of the Lord brings great delight!
Gina loves to read motivational and inspirational books. She finds them a tremendous source of spiritual and personal growth in her life.
Born in a Catholic home, Gina came to know the Lord at 25 years of age, through the witness of a member from the Lehigh Valley Baptist Church. You can read her testimony here on our church website.