Wisdom is one of the rewards we receive from a lifetime of remaining open to listen.
Make yourself a growth promise to listen differently. You can incorporate this development challenge into you day-to-day by actively reflecting on how you are “showing up”.
“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.” – Karl A. Menniger
Use the questions below to help you get started. These are specifically designed to support your listening skills and to create greater self-awareness. Jot down your responses and use these to again to reflect on your progress.
Questions to support ongoing development:
- What am I saying to myself?
- How does this change throughout the day?
- Is what I’m saying to myself productive? Is it true? Fair? Kind? or Respectful?
- How does this impact my ability to hear others?
- Do I listen to others with openness? Am I defensive? Distracted? Not interested?
- Or do I mostly evaluate what I hear? And form strong opinions?
- What can I change in order to “listen up” with more respect? Gaining a fuller view?
- When will I check-back to see my progress?
- Do I need to make further changes in my ability to hear others?
Have fun with this and it will make it easier. Find and apply your sense of humor. Committing to our growth and development in this way helps us to “glisten up”. When we focus on listening we gain leadership strengths needed for navigating change, both personally and professionally.
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