“A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation. A politician looks for the success of his party; a statesman for that of the country. The statesman wished to steer, while the politician was satisfied to drift.”
James Freeman Clarke (April 4, 1810 – June 8, 1888), an American preacher and author.
In order to be a great politician, a true statesman, it is important to have many of the same qualities needed for a great relationship. Honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, ambition, humility, good communicator, perspective. All great qualities! A good politician understands that in order to have longevity we must earn respect from colleagues and trust from constituents who are always on the lookout for misleading statements.
The goal is longevity. A political career can last forever. In order to make it last, you need to work at it every day. Your day starts early and ends late. In between there are countless things to get done. Meetings, constituent issues, research, campaign issues, donors, damage control, crisis management, dealing with the press and so much more.
So what would happen to your political career if you stopped doing just some of these things? Well it's probably safe to say that you might get elected one more time, but not likely twice more. The constituents would notice that you just weren't putting in the effort and somebody else would be knocking at the door saying that they could do a better job.
Isn't the goal of your relationship supposed to be longevity also? Winning the next "election" so to speak. You have all of the positive traits needed to be a great partner, but do you use them in your relationship? There is a bit of a difference in the mindset because your relationship isn't up for election in 4 years. What if it was? Would you get re-elected?
Yes, being a Conscious Partner does take a little effort, but once you learn the concepts and behaviors, it does become second nature. Best of all, relationship development can be fun! We can promise that there are no couches or yoga mats....just straight talk in a fun and relaxed environment. Let us show you how!