People are often mirrors of ourselves in some way – whether we like it or not. What I mean by that is, we see in other people a reflection of ourselves. However, sometimes we do not always realise that is what we are seeing and if we do, we sometimes don’t like it.
Have you ever heard someone complain about someone else and the phrase “pot calling the kettle black” has sprung to mind?
The truth is that we do attract people to us who are like us – and even if we are just meeting someone for the first time, the fact is that we will notice the traits in others that reflect traits in ourselves. I will often notice quite quickly if someone is bossy and that will grate with me – because that is a trait I have been told that I exhibit and try to control.
Now I am not saying that any of this is good or bad, it just is!
The point is, in the context of business relationships, how can we utilise this and use it to our advantage?
There are three main advantages, I believe, to recognising the mirror effect when it comes to building effective business relationships to grow your business.
You may still not do business with them as, let’s face it, you don’t do, or want to do business with everyone but it does prevent snap judgments.
Now this can help you to make changes you wish to make so that you are not exhibiting the traits you see to be negative. However, it can also be a good thing to notice the positive light that people may be seeing you in.
Business relationships that are based on mutual benefit!
So how do you know if you are seeing traits in someone else because of this mirror? When I am interacting with people I will often be asking myself these 5 questions to help me with that, which in turn help me to see how I can relate better.
These questions help me to be aware of what I am seeing in other people and how people may be seeing me.
I am certainly not saying be bland or vanilla and blend all of the traits that stand out. What I am saying is to be careful that you are not judging other people because of things that you do or don’t like in yourself.
“There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they’re necessary to reach the places we’ve chosen to go.” Richard Bach