Day 28 of 31!
How good are you at listening? I mean really listening, without having to one up someone’s story or give your two cents. Actively listening so you are retaining what is being said.
Listening is a big word in our house. You can imagine with a three and a four-year-old we are constantly trying to teach them to listen. Let’s just say I look forward to the day in 20 years that I do not have to repeat myself constantly. 🙂
Beyond wanting my kids to listen to me, why do you think we put so much energy into teaching kids to listen. One of the answers is found in a blog post I wrote a few weeks ago. (Go Further Faster) Honestly though, one of the biggest reasons I want my kids to learn to be good listeners is because it shows people value. There is an old quote that says, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” You and I could both tell stories on how true we have found that quote to be in our own lives.
Think about a time that you were talking and some one interrupted. It was like they didn’t even care you were talking. Now think about a time that someone was really engaged with what you were saying. How did that make you feel? Good right…valued…like the person cared.
I recently heard John Maxwell say, “We overvalue talking and undervalue listening. If we want to make a difference with others, we must become intentional listeners.”
That is my goal for today. To be a better intentional listener.
Take some time today and show someone they are valued by listening to them.
*Another post I wrote recently on listening to the wrong people. Who Do You Listen To?