We are wired for connection as humans. We seek out relationships with people from an early age because we yearn for the warmth and sense of belonging that come from being recognized and acknowledged. However, it can be all too easy to fall into the trap of having superficial relationships in today’s fast-paced, highly connected society, when our interactions are focused more on formalities and surface-level interactions than on genuine understanding and respect.
I experienced this first hand a few months ago when I went to my High School reunion! I thought, awww, I was immature then, and I could have made better decisions to keep in contact with them, we all have a common background, it would be nice to reconnect….WOMP WOMP, I was wrong LOL!
If you want to build deeper, more authentic relationships with others, the key is to start with yourself. By being true to who you are and what you value, you can create connections that are based on genuine understanding and mutual trust, empowering yourself and those around you.
When I was at the reunion, I realized, I was the one that did that work. I really am my true me…and they, they were still the superficial, surface-level, who can strut the most, type of individuals. You can trust, I high-tailed it out of there! LOL
Here are some tips for building authentic relationships:
- Be Open About Your Emotions and Thoughts
Find yourself a community where you can start to trust and be yourself. Shamless plug, the Dream Dance Fitness community is unmatched! You should check out our instagram where our students brag about us!
But, also, being open and honest with others about your feelings and thoughts is one of the most crucial components of developing true connections. It can be tempting to be safe and keep your ideas to yourself, especially if you worry that other people might not see things the same way you do. Being upfront and truthful with others about your feelings and thoughts, you open up opportunities for greater connection and understanding.
- Listen with Empathy
When others express their thoughts and feelings with you, it’s just as vital to listen to them with empathy as it is to be open and honest about your own sentiments. I did a tough talk about this yesterday on our Instagram, where we can just fall into toxic positivity. Just actually take the time to actually hear what the other person is saying and attempt to grasp their perspective rather than merely waiting for your chance to respond. A deeper, more genuine friendship can be built by doing this since it fosters a sense of trust and understanding.
- Embrace Vulnerability
Although it is frequently perceived as a flaw, vulnerability is also one of our most effective weapons for establishing authentic relationships. We can create an environment where real connection can happen and where people are more likely to open up to us when we are willing to be vulnerable with them.I have worked on this so hard in the last two years. So much so that people took my vulnerability as being fake or not genuine. So, I still have work to do to make it part of my overall being.Don’t be hesitant to express your worries, hopes, and dreams with those around you, and let yourself be recognized for who you truly are.
- Be Present in the Moment
In today’s fast-paced world, it can be all too easy to be distracted by our phones, social media, and other demands on our time and attention. However, if you want to build authentic relationships, it’s important to be present at the moment and give your full attention to the people around you. This means putting away your phone, actively engaging in conversation, and being fully present with the person in front of you.
- Celebrate Differences
Finally, if you want to build authentic relationships, it’s important to celebrate the differences that make each of us unique. Instead of judging or trying to change others, embrace their differences and learn from them. By doing so, you create a sense of inclusivity and acceptance that fosters deeper connections and empowers everyone involved.
At Dream Dance Fitness, we’ve been working hard to provide a friendly, welcoming environment where everyone can feel comfortable being themselves and expressing their individuality.
Our goal is to establish a space where you can let go of any inhibitions and freely dance to your heart’s pleasure. We believe that by cultivating a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere, we can build deep, authentic relationships, encourage each other’s growth, and positively impact the community.
Trust me, you’ll love it here.