76 minutes | Mar 16, 2023

Small Actions Add Up: Putting Energy into Your Friendships

Becoming more invested in our friendships is like becoming a runner.

At first, it takes energy just convincing yourself to get out the door. That first run feels exhausting and maybe a little awkward. The next is a little easier. Eventually, you get to a place where you can finally experience the runner’s high.

Today’s episode features Kristin Morrison, a business coach who also manages the podcast Business Pathfinder. Originally, our idea was to talk about making business friends, but our conversation quickly encapsulated so much more, focusing especially on intentional everyday actions we need to take to build the connections we want.

Typically, I’m the person in friendship regularly lacing up my shoes. I have great connections and friends I trust in. But I have spent the past few months so focused on work, I’m out of social wellness shape. It’s time for me to get back to it.

Friendship, social wellness, community, connection – it’s never-ending. There will be ups and downs, and that’s okay.

In this episode you’ll hear about:

  • The lack of feedback you get digitally vs. in person, and how technology allows us to control what we show our friends – which often doesn’t contain anything vulnerable
  • The energy expenditure required of spending time with friends if you’re out of practice – plus, Kristin’s story about showing up for her friend who was dying
  • Limiting beliefs in friendship, including: that you can only have so many friends; that investing in friendship is a struggle; that you’re too old to make friends
  • Using feng shui to manifest friendships by making space in our schedules – similar to how Kristin used it to “manifest” her husband by making space in her home
  • Inviting people into our existing experiences, like having dinner, wrapping presents or getting our oil change, and the friendships Kristin made through her business group
  • How, if we BELIEVE we are contributing friends, we’ll naturally start to pick up the phone, call people, and take action

Resources & Links

Today, we referenced a previous episode – What is a Friend?, available on Alex’s website – that you should check out if you haven’t already!

Be sure to also visit Kristin’s website and check out her podcast.

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Want to take this conversation a step further? Send this episode to a friend. Tell them you found it interesting and use what we just talked about as a conversation starter the next time you and your friend hang out!

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