Saturday, February 17, 2018

Say What You Mean

When I was much younger I was so shy that I often would not say what was on my mind. Who am I kidding? I hardly EVER said what was on my mind. I later learned that a) no one could read my mind, and b) I didn't get what I wanted that way.

Since then I've been working on speaking assertively. Making the request. Stating the view. Clarifying my perspective. It's a work in progress. We're all a work in progress. Here's how I plan to make more progress: talk about it.

There's no point in waiting to say what you mean -- you may not get the chance again.

Say what you mean as truly as you can, with kindness.

What do you think?

-- doug smith

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Tell Them

We live at a time defined by our differences. Arguments prevail. Dialogue, once so vibrant, is often disturbed by the percussive discussions of differing views.

These differing views could lead to valuable insights, if we were just able and willing to examine our differences. What if we could share our perspectives without judging each other?

It could start by opening up, by telling more about who each of us really is inside. Where do the things we say come from? What makes us who we are?

Tell your story. Tell your views. Share your perspective. When we can do that with an open mind, any level of communication becomes possible.

Who will know who you really are unless you tell them? Talk about it. Then, listen.

-- doug smith

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Talk About It to Get Closer

When we speak our hearts and minds fully, and also listen deeply with curiosity, we build relationships that otherwise might falter. Talking helps us connect. Conversation can draw us together so that collaborating, cooperating, and working together become easier -- even enjoyable.

What could possibly bring us closer than deep unfiltered conversation?

Talk about it.

-- doug smith

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Start by Telling Yourself the Truth

I often ask the question "who do we lie to the most?" and the answer is nearly universal: ourselves. We lie the most to ourselves.

What a disservice. What an encumbrance. What a waste. Tell the truth, and start with yourself,

Once we can tell the truth to ourselves it's easier to tell it to others.

I'm going to work on that. How about you?

-- doug smith

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Do You Criticize Emotions?

Do you like it if someone criticizes your emotions? Or, how about those times when people minimize the emotions going on as unimportant?

Judging emotions does not help whatever situation is provoking that emotion. Blaming the person in the middle of an emotion for their emotions is not helpful.

It doesn't do any good to criticize anyone's emotions. You can stop that now. It doesn't help you, or the person feeling the emotion.

Instead, stay curious. Stay helpful. And mostly, just listen.

-- doug smith