Habit #5 - Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Habit #5- Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoint (paradigm). I listen to others without interrupting. I listen with my ears, my eyes, and my heart. I am confident in voicing my ideas.
Hand sign for Habit #5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Place your hand over your brow like you are looking over the horizon, then cup both hands behind your ears.
Practice at home: (taken from The 7 Habits of Healthy Kids by Sean Covey)
- Try to go one whole hour without talking even once. Instead just watch people around you and listen to what they are saying. Good Luck!
- Think of someone in your life who you think is a good listener. Your Grandma? Your Dad? Your best friend? What do they do that makes them a good listener?
- The next time one of your friends is sad, notice his/her eyes or the way he/she holds their body. Tell them you know they are sad and you want to help.