When you boil things down, your relationships with others are a support structure. If you wonder from time to time how you can be a better partner, or be a better friend, it’s incredibly simple: support their dreams.
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It’s difficult to achieve things on your own, but it’s even more so when you don’t have someone that wants you to do it. You look for that support to let you know that someone has your back and when you get it, you feel accepted in what you’re pursuing. The people that are close to you feel the same way and want that same support.
If you want to improve a relationship you have with someone, Chris Guillebeau suggests on his blog that you honour that person’s dreams however you can:
Figure out what they want to do, to become, or achieve, and then help them do it. Don’t do it for them — it’s their dream, after all — but show interest and offer tangible support. How can you do that today?
Find a small way to show your support every day and it will do more than you think. Even just a supportive text can make someone feel accepted, valued, and more capable of accomplishing their goals. Give support and they will always remember that. It’s okay to be realistic them when it’s necessary, but you don’t ever want to be the reason someone didn’t at least try to do what they want.
A Simple Thing You Can Do to Improve Any Relationship [Chris Guillebeau]