Listen Up

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger…” (James 1:19, ESV)

Do you have trouble listening?

No really.  Do you have trouble listening?

James says to be quick to listen.  How often, if ever, are we quick to hear rather than speak?  I can answer that question.  Typically… for the average person, including me,… never.

Maybe you are fighting back with the thought that you are quick to listen right now… but as far as I am concerned, you are talking rather than listening to this right now.  However, I cant really talk much, because my ability to listen through this blog is very limited.  It basically breeds more talking and less listening.  At least it seems that way to me.

So here is an exercise to help you with your listening and concentration.

Close your eyes and count slowly to fifty (if you are really good, 100) without letting any other thought intrude on your mind.  You must concentrate while maintaining the count.  Try it.  See if you like it.

This may sound like a concentration test, but it is really a listening exercise.  After all, if you can’t listen to yourself as you count to fifty, how will you ever be able to listen to another person?

Do this exercise regularly and you will soon have a newfound power of concentration, making you a much better listener.

Remember, you cant listen if you are talking.  Be quick to listen.  Not just quick to sit and formulate your next response to what is being said.

*Cool listening exercise taken from Marshall Goldsmith, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There*

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