Three+1 Things You CAN Do
Wake up in the morning, get my cup of coffee, head to the office to start my day. Open my email, it is full to the brim, I switch over to the calendar and see my schedule is full. How did my day become consumed by meetings? I go through my day, I eat while I am working, it gets late, I go home. I tend to my family and then back to the email, maybe a little book reading and off late to bed to restart the whole thread.
Somewhere in the mix I have to hold on to my humanity. All the work that I do is electronic and amounts to a pile of nothing, but electrons and virtual transactions. How the heck can I help anyone?
Take Time to Listen
When someone writes, calls or knocks on the door, make the time to listen. Sometimes you are standing between two connections and you are the bridge, you just didn’t know it. Active listening is a great skill to have and it certainly takes practice. https://cohenovate.com/2015/02/22/understanding-conflict-and-knowledge-management/ Listening is good for them and good for you!
Share Ideas, but Don’t Share Answers
Sometimes the answers come easy, but the real solutions are difficult. In other words, having an answer on how to fix a problem may create more of a problem. Sometimes we need to just talk through ideas and come to solutions on our own. Offer up ideas or thoughts but, offer them as concepts and not answers.
Be a Shoulder, not a Boulder
Being there for a person and helping means you have your attention focused on their needs. I have found that listening to people and helping them sort through their problems can help me with challenges that I face. The best thing to do is to stay focused and help them and be strong for them as they need. Adding your problems to the discussion is a weight added, not a burden lifted.
Recognize and Advocate for Others
They say that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile. Some suggest that this is not true, but that smiling may cost us less overall energy. http://zidbits.com/2011/09/does-it-really-take-more-muscles-to-frown-than-to-smile/
It may seem that it takes more energy to advocate and recognize others than it does for yourself, but if you practice recognizing others and advocating for others, it will take overall less energy and be helpful to you. Realistically, we can’t be responsible for the actions of others, but our entire world is built on the foundation of relationships. Recognizing a contribution or advocating for someone helps strengthen the bonds and the ties between us. We are better together and we are better when we recognize each other. It is simple to do. Be mindful, be courageous and bold, advocate with intent and without fear, the costs are low and the results will always pay off.
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Thanks Wendy Woodson for your creative contribution