Relationships – what is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear this word? For most I could say being married, engaged or in a relationship etc. Think about it a bit more and you then realise there are all different types of relationships. Business relationships, doctor/patient relationships, relationships with your friends, pets etc. etc.
The meaning of Relationships in the dictionary is – The condition or fact of being related; connection or association; Connection by blood or marriage; kinship; a particular type of connection existing between people related to or having dealings with each other.
Relationships are a large part of our daily lives. Some people make the mistake of entering into a relationship expecting it only to be beneficial to them and not for what they can do for the other person. If this is not the case they may give something to the relationship but always expect something in return. It is never a ‘one way’ street. We know the meaning of giving is to bestow without receiving a return.
In business it is all about building a relationship with your clients by adding what ‘value’ and service you can provide to them. At first the client may not purchase your product or engage in your services but by building rapport they will either end up doing business with yourself or refer others to your business. The same can be said for building relationships with your co-workers to make the workplace a pleasant environment to work in. Respecting each other values is paramount.
The key is having the right attitude when entering into a relationship. We all have our set of values that are important to us. When we enter into a relationship with people who are congruent with these values this is when the relationship works in harmony.
When starting a new relationship especially a romantic relationship we tend to overlook our partner not being congruent with our values. In the beginning we could be looking through ‘rose coloured glasses’ only to resent the partner years on for not having ‘our’ values. People often mistake this for the partner having changed when in actual fact they are still the same person.
This is one of the reasons I am passionate about taking clients through the Fit4Love programme that focuses on choosing a partner that has the same values as you. At the same time recognising your key characteristics and what a great catch you are!