How many times have you said (or thought) after an altercation, of any degree, with anyone, “This would be so much easier if we/he/she could just communicate!” Communication is when two or more people are trying to get their point across.
What’s missing is the lack of trying to understand the other’s point of view, perspective, or opinion. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, but instead, they listen with the intent to reply.
A genuine effort to try to understand is accomplished by asking relevant, thoughtful questions. For example, asking leading questions, such as, “Why do you think that?” or “What aspect are you referring to?” or “How certain are you of this?” or “Why did you say that?” will go a long way in forging
communication a connection.
It’s only with connection that you can touch the heart. Think about how you feel when someone asks you thoughtful questions. You feel cherished, valued, important. Do the same for those you love or are close to. Heck, try it with the grocery clerk. You’ll be amazed at the heart print you’ll leave behind.
CHALLENGE: For the next 3 days, I challenge you to put down your need to reply/defend/say something pithy, witty or funny and just listen to everyone you have a conversation with. Don’t listen with the intent to reply, but listen to ask more questions. Really try to connect. “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” Let us know what happened, below, in the comments section.