"Communication - the human connection - is the key to personal and career success." — Paul J. Meyer
How might you connect with others to be more together than you could ever hope to be apart?
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If we focus only on our differences—on what keeps us separate from one another rather than on what unites us—then we will always approach others as adversaries.
We're reminded of this any time resources are scarce, uninformed and misinformed opinions are fired off, or when someone we don't know asks for help—just to name a few such reminders. This suspicious focus, however, can shield us from genuine opportunities to connect with one another.
One way to overcome these obstacles to connection is to choose fascination and curiosity rather than assumptions and indifference. Fascination provides you with a natural curiosity to ask yourself valuable questions when interacting others, questions like:
Asking questions of this quality will put you in the mindset of seeking to serve rather than to be served, effectively creating an opportunity for connection while at the same time allowing your true inner self to shine bright, rather than being calloused by the outer world.
What solutions have you used to create opportunities for connection with others?
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Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.