by Tara E. l November 22, 2021
The Friendship Continuum
Are you good at motivating your friends? A motivational friend can be hard to find. In life, most of us seek good friends to be a part of our world. They are an essential factor in our mental growth. As children, our friends are playmates. They fit a particular mold for the games we like to play. As teens, our friends help to shape who we are. they influence our behaviors in both good and bad ways. As adults, our friends become our partners in crime, They help us navigate the positive and negative things in life. They are like family to us in so many ways. Our friends, wear many hats to help keep us afloat when nothing else makes sense. Sometimes, these people know us better than our family.
With age comes discretion; the people we choose to keep or let in our lives evolve. As a child you may have had twenty people you thought of as friends. At the age of 35, there are only two people in your life you qualify to be your friends. These are the individuals that you trust implicitly with your deepest and darkest secrets. Quality becomes more important than quantity.
However, in our quest to have good friends, we must also look at ways to be a good friend. Just as we expect our friends to support us through ups and downs, we must also do a bit of self-reflection. We have to evaluate our status as a solid, dependable friend. We also have to function as a motivator.
Being a Motivational Friend
A good friend can motivate their friends to achieve great things. This person is supportive and persuades others to choose the best path. Simply stated, if your friend is about to trot down the wrong road, you are their to point them towards a better route. A good friend will never shy away from speaking the truth.
Of course, while you may have life experiences to pull from to educate others in your life to save them from absolute failure, you also should take the time to evaluate you. Find your way to positive experiences and examine the good in your life. If you dare to inspire others to seek out good things, most often they will pause to consider your attitude, behavior, and attitude about life. Remember that if you strive to motivate others, you can only do so through action and not just speech.
To inspire motivation, you must be the person a friend can trust and be cautious to avoid judgment along the path to motivation. Loyalty matters a lot in friendship, maintain loyalty with your buddies, keep their secret a secret if they want it to because there is no remedy of a broken trust.
To motivate, you must have the respect of the individual you are hoping to elevate. Remember to be empathetic. Listen and try to understand their point of view. Always make your friends feel heard.