Peace is the topic this month. The process of effecting peace in the world is really a bottom-up procedure not from the top-down. So each week we will progress upwards to help bring more peace to our fellow man. This first week is about creating peace in yourself, then we move to create peace in your family, then community, then the country. While you might think that you can't really make a difference isn't this the greatest thing that you can work on at the present time?
Peace in society depends upon peace in the family---Saint Augustine
There are many lists of things that are important to have a happy, peaceful family such as making sure you gather together, laugh often, apologize and forgive quickly to name a few. However, one very important trait is to listen attentively to understand what the other person is saying and going through. Developing good communication skills is a keystone to a healthy family environment.
Today's Coaching Challenge
When was the last time you listened to a loved one really focusing on them and not preparing your response in your head? Remember how special you felt the last time someone really listened to you?
It would be ideal if when we were taught to speak that we were also taught how to listen with intention. One of the ways you can let people know how much you care about them and how important they are is by just listening.
Action to take
Notice your conversations today and if you find yourself talking over someone or determining what your response is going to be instead of paying attention to them just stop and let them talk. You may be surprised by the results.
Always supporting you, Jan
P.S. If you want to discuss your listening skills: click here for a free Your First Step Away From Stress call.