At Fierce, we use an equation to help understand the connection between conversations and relationships: Conversation=Relationship (C=R).
It’s a basic principle of what you put in directly affects what comes out. The more authentic conversations you have, the more authentic your relationship will be.
So what happens if the conversations stop?
Simply, the relationship will gradually or even suddenly fade.
This week’s Fierce tip focuses on revitalizing a relationship where the conversations have disappeared.
Take a survey of your relationships and see where a significant gap exists. If there is someone you can identify where the relationship has faded ask yourself: When was the last time I had a conversation with this person? Not an exchange or an email, but an honest and authentic conversation.
As Susan Scott says, "no plan survives it's collision with reality." Life has a funny way of getting curly and not going accordingly. And with that in mind, it's important not to judge yourself or anyone else for the conversations stopping. Recognize it now and accept that this is as good as any time to move forward.
Keep the C=R equation in mind, and realize that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Your relationship might not be back to where it once was after this first step, however, take comfort and pride in knowing that your one conversation closer.