In the course of your day, do you take time to examine yourself?
It sounds a little weird. Especially for me, since I’m not one to get out of my head.
But, taking a moment to look at your emotions and the feelings of those you engage can be huge.
Jocko Willink is a retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer. He is also co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Extreme Ownership.
In the profile, he spoke of taking a step back to examine himself. He looks to see if his emotions cloud his communication and see what others are saying or feeling.
If I’m honest, this is not something I do in everyday conversations—even less in times of conflict.
This awareness is something I want to cultivate instead of focusing on my points and being heard. By observing the feelings in myself and others, I enhance my ability to empathize.
If we make this a practice, it has the potential to enrich our relationships.