How would you act if you were going to see someone everyday for 10 years?
How would you treat the new hire who isn’t doing the job quite right? You’d probably invest more of your time in his professional development.
How would you treat your boss? You’d probably learn what her professional and personal goals are and help her reach them.
How would you treat the prospective customer who chose a competitor’s product over your own? You’d probably keep a friendly conversation with him, understand why he chose your competitor, and then make your product better over time.
When you shift your mindset to thinking long term, the challenges today become opportunities to build trusting relationships over time and improve everyone’s future.