#14 Develop an Attitude of Commitment, Courage and Perseverance – To develop the strength of character that intentional connectors have requires commitment, courage and perseverance. Commitment is required to develop the habit of connecting. Courage is required because some people will reject your efforts to connect, whether due to circumstance or personality. When our efforts to connect are spurned, the part of the brain that feels physical pain becomes active and it triggers a sense of “social pain.” Understanding this natural response will help you be prepared for it. Perseverance is required to reach the point where connecting is now part of your character.
This is the fourteenth post in our series entitled “100 Ways to Connect.” The series highlights language, attitudes and behaviors that help you connect with others. Although the language, attitudes and behaviors focus on application in the workplace, you will see that they also apply to your relationships at home and in the community.