Monday, January 28, 2013

Today’s Mindset: I communicate openly and honestly.

Which of your relationships could improve with better communication?

This week
we are focusing on COMMUNICATION at MyMindset. I don’t know about you, but I find that most
of my relationships could benefit from improved communication. As a coach, I know that focusing on something more specific will help me create a better plan and increase my chances of follow through as well. So, this week I am going to focus on my relationship with my kiddos. How can I communicate more openly and honestly with a 7 year old and 11 year old? Do I tell them everything, lay all my cards on the table and give them the low-down on all my adult problems? Heck no! What I can do is this:
  • Take time to really listen to my kids - this means not multi-tasking, asking questions, giving eye-contact, and not feeling the need to jump in and ‘problem solve.’ This may seem simple, but when was the last time your really LISTENED to someone without being attached to your own agenda?
  • Keep my conversations brief - I am a talker... Every single one of my relationships could benefit from me talking LESS. This week I will start focusing on this with my kids.
  • Be polite - I admit it, sometimes I yell, sometimes I am short and not-so-nice to my kids. When I choose to react instead of be intentional I am teaching my kids to do the same. This week I will focus on being patient and polite.
  • Finally, taking the advice of a fellow MyMindset coach and friend, Janette Valentino, I am going to be gentle with myself as a parent this week.

Being listened to is so close to being loved that most people cannot tell the difference. David Oxberg

Your turn...
Which of YOUR relationships could improve with better communication?

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