In discussing the fact that our future is dependent upon us ("If it's to be, it's up to me"), I also pointed out that this future - OUR future - is greatly dependent upon our RELATIONSHIPS.
As a matter of fact, this whole series will "spin off" off of what we do with our RELATIONSHIPS.
That being said, I obviously believe that relationships matter. I believe that they matter to the point that, pretty much everything that we encounter and undertake, is connected to our relationships.
How we treat people says a lot about "who" we are, wouldn't you agree? The ability to treat others with honor and respect - regardless of their social standing or what they may be able to do for us - is an ability that every employer is looking for in those that they want working for their company.
If you are married and, especially if you have children, these relationships SHOULD matter to the point of greatly influencing what you do, why you do it and how you approach it. Too, having "solid" relationships in this area will do wonders for your "well-being" and mindset as you go to the workplace to do your job.
Your relationships with your coworkers will greatly determine your upward movement in the company for which you work. Those in charge will take notice of those that have the ability to work as a team and with a team, AS a team member. They will also notice that you understand the importance of the team and that you are not as focused on your own personal achievement.
Even your relationships with those that you come across away from you job matters in this way. How? It is a reflection of how you treat others...plain and simple.
Friend, you can't fake this stuff! You may need to work on yourself to make this a natural part of "who" you are, but it can be done.
Appreciate others. Encourage others. Build others up and see what happens.
And, as you do so, always be sure to...
"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"