One of my rituals for each new year is to choose a word to influence me for the year. My word for 2011 is EXPERIMENT. To support my EXPERIMENTAL focus, I commit to post the results of a new experiment each Sunday of this year.
Within hours on the very first day I had to stop myself in mid-sentence and ask the person I was with, “Will you please ask me what I think?!”. I explained why. She did. And we both laughed – a lot.
I slipped up one other time, when a friend said he’d never buy organic because it was a complete sham. HAD to offer my opinion on that one ;).
The rest of the week was a major lesson in paying attention. Here’s what I noticed:
- I listened better because my mind was bogged down with trying to come up with what I was going to say;
- I learned a lot because, well because I listened better;
- Some of the people with whom I interacted commented that they really appreciated just being heard;
- And it was FUN.
So I’m going to keep paying attention.
And I’d love to hear YOUR opinions…