If nobody had a connection with a single other person, how would life change? I imagine there would be no need to build houses beside each other, or develop cities. People wouldn’t fall in love and have families. There would be no need for fancy restaurants, amusement parks, or soccer fields. No mailman, no therapist, no teachers. It’s actually a scary thought! Connection is the glue that holds society together.
There’s something about needing each other in order to fully enjoy life. Of course, you can go to a restaurant and eat the food alone but the reason why we love going out is because of the person or people we are sharing that meal with. The connection to others is what makes experiences in life joyful. It is life giving.
So what is connection all about? It’s more than just being friends with someone and doing things together. We’ve all experienced bad friendships that weren’t life giving. Maybe even a little bit life-draining! I love the way that Brene Brown defines connection. It is so perfect! She says:
I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship. -Brene Brown
When people feel seen, heard and valued and are strengthened by a relationship – that’s when you have true connection. Take a moment to think right now and ask yourself this question: are the people in your life building you up to be a better person? Are they helping you become more caring and energized and are you building them up as well?
If the answer is no, think about what you can do to make a change. The solution isn’t always about finding new friends. It’s about introducing change that will ultimately make everyone stronger and more connected because of it. It’s about taking the first step and taking control of your life and the role you play in it.
Connections matter so much to me because when I first started my business I was immediately welcomed into the larger corporate family. Everyone was eager to see each other succeed. There was a strong sense of gratitude in the company culture and they were always finding ways to give back to the community.
The connections I made in my business inspired me to make strong connections with people on my team. My leadership skills strengthened as I found new ways to develop strong connection.
As a leader, you have to put yourself out there and be willing to try something new in order to see results. It pushes you above your limits. When you do step out and lead through example, others will follow and find strength in the beauty of connection to self and to others.
I used connection to build my business into what it is today and the life I live revolves around connecting the mind, body and spirit. That means taking time to make sure all of these three areas are taken care of and not neglected.
When you connect with others, you are feeding your soul because we were made to connect with other people. Create routines where you are focused on each aspect. If you need help thinking of some ideas, use my Feel Like A Million wheel for guidance!
The million dollar life is a life that is fully yours with no reservations and one that is continuously growing towards a deeper understanding of who you are and how you connect with others. How are you going to start living the million dollar life?