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If you’ve been following 52 Weeks of Meaningful Connections diligently from the start – you are now HALFWAY through the year.

Are you a connecting master?

What habits have you changed?

What’s been the greatest learning you’ve had so far?

Who have you connected with who has surprised you the most?

Last week, I challenged you to think about connecting with others like exercise. I observed that the hardest part of exercise is getting started. This week, I remind you the second hardest part about exercise – and networking – is keeping up with the habit. In an earlier blog titled “My AH-HA moment of the year: Focus on the long game”, I talked about the realization I had that there is no beginning and end to most parts of our life – both the mundane and exciting. Our health needs constant monitoring. Our homes requires constant monitoring.

Relationships need tending in order to flourish.

One of the concepts in the blog was about the difference between finite and infinite games, as described by Simon Sinek.

Finite game= There is a set number of players, established rules, and clear determination of who wins or loses. There is a clear ending to the game. Most sports would fit into this category

Infinite game = Players change, rules change, desired outcomes change over time. This is ongoing. Most aspects of business and life are infinite games.

I invite you – at the halfway point of this blog series – to reflect on how you think about relationships. Do you make a connection, get what you came for, and let it fade? Or do you build a connection over time – circling back when you have something to offer or want to call on them for help?

If you’ve taken this series – and the related learnings and challenges to heart; if you’ve begun to connect differently; if you’ve seen shifts in how you are showing up with others – BRAVO! Keep it up – there is no end to this work.

If you haven’t gotten started – what are you waiting for? There might be something blocking you from letting people in – and showing up fully as yourself. That’s what I help my coaching clients uncover. Reach out to me at and let me know how I can help you in this uncovering process.

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Small Town Leadership Founder; Natalie believes everything she needed to know to succeed in her career she learned by growing up in a town of 600 people. As a Certified Professional Coach and award-winning public speaker, she helps her clients and audiences make wherever they are feel like a small town. She lives in Dublin, Ohio with her husband, Rob, a professor at Ohio State and two little girls.

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