Don’t you just want to jump in and fix someone’s life when you see them doing things you don’t agree with? It’s so easy just to tell them what they should do. Especially children, spouses and people you are close to. When you live in close proximity to someone, you feel as if they are almost an extension of you, and you are more likely to be critical. Because by fixing them, you fix part of your life. But the problem simply is you can’t fix their life. And if you push your ideas, you will only find resistance and pushback. Try listening and encouraging instead. Ask questions. Let that person talk. Show you support him or her regardless of whether you agree with the path that person is taking. Show confidence that he or she will ultimately make decisions that will lead to maturity and success. And in your mind, Consciously Create a happy and fulfilled person, giving that individual the space to grow and thrive, whatever path she or he follows. You’ll be surprised at how this will change the relationship for the better and erase the tension and strain for both of you.