Our ability to communicate with others depends on our ability to listen.
When we listen well, we can better understand those around us, empathize with them, and ultimately, understand ourselves better.
Some of the benefits of listening well include:
- Better problem-prediction
- Being able to resolve conflicts when they inevitably do occur
- Strong relationships
Listening is always possible, even when no one is around.
If you don’t think so, go ahead and try listening now with your eyes closed (if you’re driving or operating machinery then please don’t attempt this now!).
As you listen attentively with your eyes closed you’ll notice that even in the quietest places, you’re able to hear sounds. One thing I like to do and that you can do too to hone this skill is to count how many sounds you hear next time you’re outside.
Fast Growth Tip
The act of listening is a generous act.
The next time you’re having a conversation why not use your newly developed listening skills and experience the difference it makes. The act of listening to another person and listening well is truly an act of high generosity.
All of us can identify numerous times in our day where we know or feel the other person isn’t truly “listening” to us … and you know what that feels like.
Let Them Know They Matter to You
Despite not saying a word, you can convey the message that what someone is saying matters, and that you’re interested and invested in what they’ve got to say.
Who do you think needs you to listen to them today?
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