How to Become a Team Player and Earn More Money: 7 Essential Principles to Building a Healthy Relationship
Your ability to be a team player will have a greater impact on your ability to earn more money than any other quality. To earn what you’re really worth, you have to become an expert in building a healthy relationship with others.
Healthy relationships can be extremely complicated, but to become a team player and maintain quality relationships requires only a few basic principles. Let me give you seven:
Principle One: The first principle building a healthy relationship is trust. A healthy relationship must ultimately be based on trust. To build trust, you always keep your word. You remain consistent and dependable in everything you say and do. You become the kind of team player who is utterly reliable in every situation. You never do or say anything that can shake this foundation of trust upon which a healthy relationship is built.
Principle Two: The second principle for building a healthy relationship is respect. Taking time to deliberately express your respect for the uniqueness of an individual makes him or her feel valuable and important. By demonstrating that kind of respect, you build and enhance the quality of your relationships and become a respected team player yourself.
Principle Three: The third principle for success in relationships is communication. In communicating well with another person, time is the critical factor. The value of a healthy relationship can increase for both you and the other person depending on the amount of time that you invest.
When you take the time to become the type of team player that focuses on the important issues of a relationship, you open the channels of communication. And when you listen calmly, quietly, and with total attention, you demonstrate the respect you have for the other person, and you deepen the level of trust between you.
Principle Four: The fourth principle of creating a healthy relationship is courtesy. When you say please and thank you on a regular basis to the people in your life, you make them feel better about themselves and about what they are doing. You raise their self-esteem. Alas, it is often with the people we care about most that we are the least courteous and polite. Emmet Fox once wrote, “If you must be rude, be rude to strangers. But save your company manners for your family.”
Principle Five: Caring. The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. The kindest thing you can do as a team player is refrain from criticizing, condemning, or complaining to them or concerning them.
Think of yourself as a people-builder rather than a people-basher. Catch others doing something right. To become a respected team player, always look for ways to make people feel more valuable, more respected, and more loved.
Principle Six: The sixth principle for success with people is a combination of praise and appreciation for everything that others do for you, both large and small. When you say thank you to another person for something they do for you, they feel better about themselves, and they want to do more. As a team player, praise someone for something they have accomplished, so their self-esteem goes up. They feel valuable and important. And there is a boomerang effect that causes your own self-esteem to go up, exactly as if you yourself had been praised or appreciated.
Principle Seven: The seventh principle for success in building a healthy relationship is simply helpfulness. Your constant willingness to step in and do little things to alleviate the burdens felt by your team is always appreciated and respected. This willingness to share, to contribute, to help each other is an important facet of lasting relationships that can help you earn respect as a team player.
Perhaps the most important thing you ever do in life is to build and maintain long-term, healthy relationship with people you surround yourself with. When you make everything else secondary to this central purpose, you will find yourself enjoying happiness and rewards in exponential proportion to the efforts you put in and your ability earn more money will increase significantly.
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