I’ve been doing a fast track coaching program with Coach U. It was an intensive course, but I loved it! It’s made me realize how much I love coaching people! Coaching allows me the chance to find out more about people I may not necessarily have known before. What I find the most fulfilling is learning how amazing people really are! We are all so diverse and unique and I think that’s what makes interacting with people so wonderful!
One of the exercises they had us do on the course was to acknowledge 10 people we came into contact with in a 24 hour period. So whether it was a taxi driver, shop keeper, loved one, or friend, we were to really focus all our attention on that person for the time we came into contact with them. That meant we needed to be fully present to seeing them, listening to them and speaking to them. I have to say it was one of the most wonderful experiences I have ever encountered!
How many times have you come into contact with another person and not be fully present with that person? I think we do this all the time, someone may be serving us in a shop and we are on our phone, or thinking about something that is going on in our life. We don’t fully acknowledge the person we are interacting with. I see it all the time now that we have the introduction of blackberry’s, iPhones, computers etc. People are more focused on those devices than on the person that is physically in front of them. I know I do it all the time! I am so caught up in my own thoughts or own life that I am not truly present with the person in front of me.
So I did this exercise and what I encountered was wonderful! I acknowledged the people at the hotel where I was training, I acknowledged the people on the course, I acknowledged my family. What I found incredible is people really respond positively when you are totally focused on them! A young man who was a trainee at the pet store I went to beamed the biggest smile when I acknowledged him and the great job he was doing. My kids came up and gave me a hug when they realized I was fully present and listening to everything they had to say when I got home.
Not only did I make someone feel good by acknowledge their presence, but it also made me feel good. There was so much peace and happiness in the whole exercise that it made interacting with others such a wonderful experience.
So who will you acknowledge today? I really urge you to give this a go and let me know what happens. I would love to hear your stories!
And if you know anyone else who would benefit from doing this, please tell them! It brings us one step closer to understanding each other more.