Living Like For Like – Simple but Scary!
Welcome to our world. No matter where we turn we can see individuals learning about how to reach out to others, how to connect, and how to succeed in their business. It may see that these are all very different, but they are very much the same, and use the same basic rules. We live in a like-for-like world, and learning how like-for-like works for you can be simple, and a little bit scary.
Like for Like
The concept of like-for-like is very basic, but it applies just about everywhere. What does this mean, and how do we see the effectiveness of like for like in our daily lives? It’s all about relationships, but more so in you than in the interaction you have with others.
Our Inner “Like-for-Like”
What makes a relationship? It is an exchange. In order for that exchange to be successful it has to go both ways. Here are some of the basic ideas for improving our relationships:
- Great relationships include both giving and receiving. How much do you value your relationship, do you see it through the eyes of appreciation? This is a great place to start. What do you give in your relationship? Do you give from the heart, giving your best? Do you allow yourself to receive, and do you hold yourself in a high enough esteem to see what is given without judging or criticizing what is offered to you?
- Successful businesses know that it is not enough to have a great product, it has to be something that is desired and needed by many people. In other words, the product has to be of service. Find what problem your product solves, or how it enhances a person’s life and you will be half way there. Remember though, just because something is good for us doesn’t mean people will run in droves to get it. Look at the dinner plate, we don’t always eat our vegetables. Remember the rule of like-for-like, people have to want it and be willing to receive it as well.
I remember hearing all those expressions as a child, things like, “Treat others the way that you want to be treated”, and I must admit that it’s true. This is a like-for-like world. But how do you deal with those situations where you give what you want for yourself, and others do not reciprocate?
The first place to look is within, finding our own values and setting the “tone” of our receiving. This is not done by ego, demanding our way through life. It is not done by wanting, asking others to help us have something we cannot have for ourselves. Setting a more receptive tone happens on a more subtle level of self-appreciation and self-love.
This is it, the secret to living in a like-for-like world, finding yin-yang balance, and enjoying the greatest relationships on both a personal and professional level. We already live in our own like-for-like world, now it’s just a matter of refining that pattern.
Like for Like – I like it!
Living Like For Like – Simple but Scary! © 2011 Estee Taschereau. About the author: My greatest love is assisting others shift into the comfort of acceptance and appreciation. This relational, open-hearted energy carries into my many interests: photography, symbiotic gardening, long walks, and enjoying nature. Ready for a shift in your own world? Sessions available by appt.