Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff by Richard Carlson
29. Become a better listener
Mr. Carlson says to be a better listener we must be content to listen to the ENTIRE thought of the person instead of waiting for our chance to respond. Instead of communication being a race it takes pressure off of you if you just listen quietly. It will enhance all of your relationships.
I need to constantly remind myself of this….all….the….time! I fail to listen to many during my day and even listen less at the end of my day when I’m tired and impatient. I consider myself a do-er, which in turn makes me also impatient. So a strength and a weakness, but that is ok. I’m cool with it, I wouldn’t change it. I just need to be more aware of my impatientness and learn to wait for my turn and listen to what is being said. Sometimes, or more often than I’d like to admit, I wait for my turn to speak, not respond to what was just said to me. SLOW DOWN, is what my head should say. Hopefully as I pay more attention to this, I’ll be able to do just that.