One way to minimize your contribution to the problem of misunderstanding is to listen and concentrate on what’s being communicated to you. Many times, during a conversation, we can find ourselves more focused on what we want to say next rather than on what the other person is saying to us. Also, in this fast-paced world, there is so much to distract us. Work on your ability to focus on the person and actively listen to what they are saying.
When a question, situation, challenge, etc. is presented, you can react to it or respond to it. A reaction is typically spontaneous, driven by emotion and seeks to reciprocate. Whereas a response is more thoughtful, logical and seeks to provide an appropriate answer to what has been presented.
We all have a lot of basic sameness, but we are also all unique. There’s certainly nothing wrong with wanting to fit in with others. We want to have some sameness or commonality with the people we spend time with. But fitting in with others shouldn’t be achieved at the expense of erasing our own identity.
Journaling is a powerful tool that probably not enough people take full advantage of. It might seem like a waste of time to some; however, journaling offers many benefits. The greatest benefit that I believe you will gain from journaling is greater self-awareness. If you want to increase your emotional intelligence, make journaling a daily habit.
Criticism can be a double-edged sword. On one hand it can help you to improve, but on the other hand, it can shatter your confidence if you allow it. Knowing how to deal with criticism is vital to improving yourself in both your professional and personal life.
How do you feel when someone criticizes you? Maybe you’ve had someone criticize your work, your effort, or personal aspects of your life. You may feel hurt or angry. You may even become defensive.