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Are Your Relationships Helping or Hurting Your Dreams?

Nurturing your dream is your responsibility. One key to taking responsibility for your dreams is to be very clear about who is supporting you and who isn’t. Too often I see people suffering through toxic relationships that sucks the life out of them. I’ve had a few in my life and found that planning time to reflect at the end of each year helps me to move into the new year with clarity and greater hope.  It’s the first month of the new year and now is a great time to complete a relationship assessment.

As I reflect on the events of the year that’s ending and my vision for the future, I consider the people in my life one-by-one. This is, of course, an emotional part of my year-end/ year-beginning reflection because it can includes happy and exciting moments shared with others and some very low and painful times as well. Nevertheless, I do a relationship assessment because I am aware of the power of influence from people in my personal circle.

As you reflect on the people in your life, ask yourself these two critical questions:

1. Who was a source of light, support, and inspiration?

2. Who was a source of darkness, drought, and despair?

After answering these questions for myself, I move on to developing a quick action plan for moving forward.  Here’s how I do it:

  1. For my sources of light, support and inspiration, I consider possible ways to have that person in my life more. Perhaps I’ll do something special and unique to let that person know how much I value them and our relationship. One way I’ve expressed this gratitude to my light-giving friends and family members is by spending a day with them at a really high-end spa. I also make a conscious effort to be a source of light, support, and inspiration to that person.

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