Are they THAT important?

The answer is a resounding “YES”, isn’t it? Relationships are THAT important to us! Yet we often feel at a loss as to how to nurture them effectively (especially our personal relationships and – even more specifically – our romantic relationships, long-term relationships) so I have decided to give them the main focus for the next seven weeks. I have taken the word ‘RELATIONSHIPS’, used it as an acronym and we’ll explore a couple of letters each week and take Key Steps together to


  1. R – Real: Be real about your relationship. You will argue; in fact, it would be unhealthy if you never had a disagreement. Apathy in a relationship can be dangerous. But when you argue… ‘Fight fair’, don’t demean or attack your partner’s identity by name calling. Rather focus on the behaviour you do not like (and explain how it makes you feel or the impact it has on you) and remember that you love the person and want to make sure they know that. For example, instead of saying “You’re inconsiderate” (which is an identity attack) rather say “I feel disappointed and not considered when I’m left to cook and clean up after a long day at the office. I’d really appreciate your help packing the dishwasher.”
  2. E – Excitement: Keep the excitement alive; go away for the weekend together, book dinner at one of your favourite restaurants, go on a picnic… be spontaneous and do the things you often did while dating. In fact, schedule a ‘date night’ at least once a month to keep the romance alive. Get dressed-up and have fun… looking good for yourself and your partner is a very important part of maintaining physical attraction. It’s important not to take your partner for granted and constantly keep the magic alive.

What are you going to do this week to keep it real and add excitement? Remember that it’s often the little things that make the biggest difference! Contact Tiffany to get more information on our ‘Key Steps to Negotiate Your Way to Success’ programme so that you can learn how to navigate and negotiate your way through the complexity of both business and personal relationships 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.’

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