Everyone has at least one or two relationships in their lives that are a source of stress. Maybe it’s a long-simmering feud with a sibling, an out-of-sync report with a coworker or a recent blow-up fight with a spouse.
No matter which relationship in your life is fraught, you could be more stress-free and more productive if it were fixed. Improving your relationships benefits both of you, both now and in the long term.
Common advice about working through a tense relationship is to work together towards a common goal, so that you see each other as collaborators instead of adversaries. In fact, studies show that couples who refer to themselves as “we” instead of “you and me” were less stressed and able to resolve their conflicts more effectively.
Every relationship, if it is honest and personal, will have peaks and valleys, times of happiness and times of strife. The simple change in language — from viewing yourself as individuals to embracing the “we” — can be a first step in seeing yourself in a partnership with your current antagonist.
Of course, this is easier said than done. Here are fifteen inspirational quotes that can help kick-start your team mentality.
14 Quotes About Working Together
“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat people — your family, friends and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.” — Barbara Bush
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” — Henry Ford
“Alone we can do so little: Together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” — Mother Teresa
“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” — Phil Jackson
“It takes two flints to make a fire.” — Louisa May Alcott
“I invite everyone to choose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.” — Jean-Francois Cope
“The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.” — Queen Elizabeth II
“If I were asked to give what I consider the most useful bit of advice for all humanity it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, ‘I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.’” — Ann Landers
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” — Mahatma Gandhi
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” — Michael Jordan
“When you get married, your loyalty, first and foremost, is to your spouse, and to the family that you create together.” — Phil McGraw
“Five guys on the court working together can achieve more than five talented individuals who come and go as individuals.” — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
“To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.” — Mike Krzyzewski
The relationships you have with your family, friends and coworkers make up the day-to-day support system that will help you thrive. These quotes can serve as the kick in the pants we sometimes need to refocus our energy into a positive, collaborative direction.
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