Are they THAT important? (Part 6)

by | Dec 11, 2015 | Emotional Intelligence, Relationships (Self and Others), Time Management

Building better relationships

Our personal relationships (and even more specifically – our romantic, long-term relationships) are often challenging and go through their ups and downs. I have decided to use seven weeks to help us really take Key Steps to ‘be the difference that makes the difference’. Last week we covered the ninth and tenth letters of the word ‘RELATIONSHIPS’, remember them?… SHARE / SUPPORT and HONESTY. Let’s look at the last three letters and keep taking Key Steps together to...


  1. I – Identity: Don’t lose your personality – that’s why he/she fell in love with you. Have separate interests and activities to keep your individuality, and to be able to contribute more to the relationship. Remaining a whole and complete individual adds a richness to your relationship.
  2. P – Priority: Make your relationship a priority. And if one of you says something is important, then it is! Prioritise each other among other things. We easily get into the habit of prioritising clients, children, friends, family, etc. and we forget to prioritise each other.
  3. S – Say sorry: Be willing to be wrong. And know that you won’t always get your relationship ‘right’. Say sorry when you’re wrong. Learn to forgive and move forward into your relationship’s future.If you want to learn more about increasing your emotional intelligence and enhancing relationships, purchase our EQ DVD and you will receive a FREE inspirational calendar for 2016 worth R 120.00. Click here to take advantage of this special offer and…

“be the difference that makes the difference




NOTE: The information in my blog may be freely shared and re-used in any online or offline publication, provided it is accompanied by the following credit line: This was written by Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, and originally appeared in her free bi-weekly  ‘Key Steps Food for Thought Blog’ available on the Key Steps website.

Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, EQ Expert, Founder and CEO

Sharon is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation. Her PhD thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that was published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to the field.

Sharon is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. She is also a COMENSA Master Practitioner (CMP), a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT™) and an accredited Global Virtual Speaker. Sharon is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an NLP master practitioner.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her genuinely caring manner, practical and transformational approach, and for providing valuable tools and that allow people to take Key Steps to really… ‘be the difference that makes the difference.’