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.
This idea stuck out to me while listening to Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss. In the profile of Jocko Willink.
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.