100 Days to a Better You! – Day 8

Day 8 –

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Reciprocitya state or relationship in which there is mutual action, influence, giving and taking, correspondence, etc., between two parties.

A University of Chicago research study on the word reciprocity found that the term reciprocity is derived from the Latin word, reciprocus, meaning alternating. Reciprocus, is made up of the prefix re- meaning back, and pro meaning forward. These meanings imply a back and forth movement. These basic definitions for the term reciprocity are related to other terms such as feedback, interactive, and causality.

You may find this hard to believe but I’m just cracking the code on the Law of Reciprocity. Although most of us have heard of it, some of us try our best to follow it, a great majority have difficulty making this a practice.

A must outcome for me during this 100 Day Challenge is to drastically improve my personal relationships. I now realize that this goal is not insurmountable if I am the one who give what I expect in return. So many of us expect to be treated with the utmost respect all the while we treat others like they are less than worthy.

When I was a server at a 5 star restaurant, although I was new, I earned the most tips. No, it wasn’t my million dollar smile that did the trick, it was something entirely different. I made a conscious decision to treat every customer the way I’d want to be treated, perhaps better. Some may argue that it was my job to be nice but how many times have you experienced poor service at a place of business? More than you care to remember.

Bottom line, if you want to be treated with kindness, respect, and adoration, you must first treat others that way. The fact is, people respond reciprocally. Reciprocity implies a seesaw of giving and receiving, with a strong emphasis on giving and initiating the give. You cannot reasonably expect to receive something you are not giving first.

If you want to build healthy relationships, you have to be the change you expect to see in others. I challenge you to follow this law like you would any other and watch as your business & personal relationships start to flourish.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

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