Situational Awareness—Mindful Moment
You may have been taught about the Mindful Moment and its usefulness in the workplace; well it also works well around the dinner table and at family gatherings. We’ve all had those holiday functions that we just rather not attend for one reason or another. But instead of having too many eggnogs and burning a few bridges with “that one” relative, take a step back and ask yourself a few questions before further engaging and doing something regrettable. If you can ask yourself these questions and come up with sincere positive responses, then great. But if not, maybe it’s time to smile and graciously end the conversation. Because like my mom always told me, “you should always have something nice to say, so when you really don’t…Run!”
- How can I help the other person right now?
- How can I make this relationship stronger?
- How might styles and motivators play out in this next interaction?
- Am I focused on agreed mutual actions?
Communicating effectively is a lot harder than most people think, especially when it comes to close friends and family. Which is why it’s so important to be clear and well intentioned. Because as we all know, it’s not just about what you say, it’s how you say it…