July 21, 2017

How do I find a Dialogue E-journaling Partner?

In the previous post I described a new kind of friend as being similiar to a “buddy coach” as described by Amanda Rankin in her book. So, how do you go about finding such a person?

"YOU GOTTA GROW BUDDY" - NARA - 516225

“YOU GOTTA GROW BUDDY” – NARA – 516225 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since the dialogue e-journaling process depends on the use of the internet, this person would need to be one that is connected and actively utilizes emails, texting, smartphone apps, etc. Almost all “boomers” are connected, so you should have a wide range of prospects to choose from. Some suggestions Amanda has on choosing a buddy coach in her book, “Buddy Coaching” include:

1. Try to choose a person who has a personality to compliment each other. You don’t need the same personality type, although Amanda does suggest taking a short personality profile, so you both understand your personality styles, so as to know how to interact with each other. The principle here is to take the partner’s personality into consideration and give them the kind of attention they need, not what you want.

2. If you want to interact, GROW, and assist each other, you might want to choose someone who is in a similiar stage of life, ie, perhaps a fellow “boomer”, or someone who is struggling with a common life issue, such as retirement, serious illness, etc. Also common interests would assist in relating to each other.

3. As a Christian, an important criteria for me is to find someone who I can exchange prayer requests with, and with whom I  can have spiritual discussions. So, if that is your desire, pray that God would direct you to the right person.

4. Consider who you would like to develop a stronger and deeper relationship with. Remember, you will be developing an accountability partnership with this person, so each of you will have to be willing to invest time and energy in the other.

So, in summary, think of a person you would want to “grow with”, to grow in fun, friendship and fulfillment.

Glenn

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