How to interact with family over the holidays

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The holidays are a great time for going to all the festive holiday parties and being with people, but being around people can also be a challenge. Some people may bother you and others you just might have not seen in awhile and you aren’t sure how to get along with them now. Kirk and Kim Duncan from 3 Key Elements sat down with us today to share with us some tips on how to survive the constant interaction with people this holiday season.

Tip #1: Clear old stories

You may have an outdated story in your mind about past experiences with your family. Get rid of negative stories in your thoughts. You can do this by writing a letter to the person (you don’t have to send it) or by apologizing to them and ultimately, forgiving them face-to-face. 

Tip #2: Picture a new story

Visualize a more positive experience with that person or situation you struggle with. Imagine what you want that interaction to look like. You will preplan what your intentions are with that experience and it will make you more ready and poised to handle that conversation because in your mind, you’ve already covered what you want to say. 

Tip #3: Create an after story

What’s it going to be like once the party or event has ended and you’re driving home? You want to think about how you want to feel and how you expect to feel after the interaction. You are now in a better position and mindset to improve relationships with others at future holiday gatherings. 

To receive more life changing steps from Kirk and Kim, please visit and get a free audio training. 

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