Hare Krishna Friends,
Be a good listener
slight improvement in our listening skills can pay enormous dividends
in the way of better relationships, enhanced performance, and yes, even
Take a moment to reflect on your own listening skills. Do you truly
listen to your colleagues? Do you let them finish their thoughts before
you take your turn? Do you sometimes finish sentences for other people?
In meetings, are you patient and responsive – or are you impatient and
reactive? Do you allow words from others to sink in, or do you assume
you know what the person is trying to say, so you jump in?
There are a variety of reasons why effective listening is very
important. First of all, people who listen well are highly respected and
sought after. Truly great listeners are so rare that when you are
around one, it feels good, it makes you feel special.
Good listeners are easy to be around, so, quite naturally, you want
to reach out and help them. Therefore, when you become a better
listener, there will probably be plenty of people in your corner to
offer assistance. People tend to be loyal to good listeners because they
feel acknowledged and respected.
Effective listening helps you to understand what people are saying
the first time they say it, thus allowing you to avoid a great number of
mistake and misinterpretations which, as you know, can be very
stressful. If you ask people what frustrates them and makes them angry,
many will tell you that “not being listened to” is right near the top
of their lists so, being more attentive to what others are saying also
helps you avoid many, if not most, interpersonal conflicts.
Faith hard work and a bit of common sense will get you through most things in life.
you are willing to look at things for what they can be, and have enough
common sense to know what cant be, and if you are willing to work hard
enough to see things through, life will not be anything more than a
series of predictable tests waiting to be conquered. As humans it is in
our nature to over complicate things, especially parts of life that we
may not have the clearest understanding of already.
If we are just able to keep constant faith in God, and his ability to
work through us to create the best of circumstances out of the worst of
times, then we honestly have nothing to worry about.
Courtesy: Priya (Group Member)