The words love and business don’t often come in the same sentence or in the same experience, unless someone is referring to their ‘love’ of business or of what they do for a living. Often separated as ‘life’ and ‘business’ – they are kept far apart for fear of emotions being involved.
Part of our human condition is that we yearn to belong, connect with each other and feel unconditional love and acceptance, some need this more than others externally but I am yet to meet a human being who doesn’t need this at some level – sometimes protective walls are built stronger than a brick mansion because of hurt and pain and getting ‘love arrows’ through can be hard work.
Showing love and care to another person can be risky, require effort, consistency, vulnerability and commitment – I think perhaps that we can shy away from this because it all seems too hard, so we resort to superficial interest – just enough to get by. Sometimes we make a start but then get a prickly first reaction so back off and recoil.
I believe when you are clear on what your deep passion is, what you were born to do, it is easy to share this with the world around you from a position of genuine love and care. It is that thing you do when you would do it all day long even if you were not getting paid to do it…..This cannot, in my humble opinion, be disconnected from our heart and emotions.
Words like abundance, karma, generosity, warmth, encouragement, honesty and an interest in another’s happiness or success are all birthed from a place of passion and love.
I have experienced times when connecting and building business relationships, where sharing my passion, practicing genuine care and interest in others and generously sharing skills and ideas has brought about significant positive change and reactions with an ongoing ripple effect.
Some of the ways I try to practice this often:
* Giving genuine compliments
* Practicing inclusiveness, making sure others are included in discussions and groups
* Making people feel warm and welcome by making eye contact, remembering their name, focused attention when speaking to them
* Taking a moment to share your expertise when asked for opinion, advise or help, without expectation or a sales pitch for further services, just give value.
* Try to leave any interaction with the attitude of leaving things better than you found them
Insight: Not everyone appreciates this approach, there are some people that believe that business and love don’t mix and that is OKAY, I am committed to being who I am in the world and sharing that with those who want to connect with me.
Let your authentic self shine more each day