Jan 20 2017 Small Mistunderstandings Can Turn Into Major Issues

Dated: 01/20/2017

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Do you want to avoid turning some small mistake into a really big mistake?

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Here are some ways not to make it a big oops!!!! 

In life, in business, and in our relationships, the biggest mistakes can arise from the smallest misunderstandings.  We can avoid these misunderstandings with a simple approach: slow down, listen to others, and clarify what they mean.  Yes, it will take a few more moments of your time.  But it will also save you from painful headaches and heartache later on!

Mantras to Stop Misunderstandings

Truth be told, much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left miscommunicated.

We know this.

We know misunderstandings tear us apart.

We know healthier communication leads to healthier relationships.

And yet we forget.

We forget to make time for each other.

We forget to be present.

We forget to really listen.

Day after day, we collectively misunderstand each other into hundreds of unnecessary headaches and heartbreaking mistakes.

And, like you, I’m only human – I still miscommunicate and misunderstand people, especially when I’m in a hurry.  So I’ve implemented a simple strategy to support the practice of paying better attention to the people in my life.  In a nutshell, I proactively remind myself of the truths I already know but often forget.  Anytime I catch myself avoiding a conversation I know I need to have with someone, I pause and read the following mantras to myself (I have them stored in the Notes on my iPhone).  Then I tune in to this person with full presence…

  1. The single greatest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

  2. Too often we don’t listen to understand – we listen to reply.  Don’t do this.  Focus.  Be curious.  When we listen with genuine curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply – we listen for what’s truly behind the words.

  3. When you hear only what you want to hear, you’re not really listening.  Listen to what you don’t want to hear too.  That’s how we grow stronger, together.

  4. You never know what someone has been through today.  So don’t be lazy and make empty judgments about them or their situation.  Be kind.  Be teachable.  Be a good friend.  Be a good neighbor.  Be a good listener.

  5. Sometimes all a person needs is an empathetic ear – they just need to know someone else hears them.  Simply offering a listening ear and a kind heart for their suffering can be incredibly healing.  (

  6. Do not make assumptions unless you undoubtedly know the whole story.  If in doubt, ask the person directly until you have clarity.

  7. When you take the time to actually listen, with humility, to what people have to say, it’s amazing what you can learn.  Especially if the people who are doing the talking also happen to be the people you love.

    Courtesy of Marcandangel.com

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