Every diet needs a goal. If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s easy to set a goal of a specific weight – and there are also other important goals that are just as motivating but harder to measure, such as improved confidence, energy, and health. The Listening Diet Challenge also requires goals to stay focused, and Day 5 focuses on how to identify goals for situations in many areas of your life. The Listening Diet Challenge will equip you with concepts and tools to assist in these situations, but you must first identify those specific situations you want to influence and then create a motivating goal statement for each situation.
The overall goal of The Listening Diet Challenge is to achieve “Listening Breakthroughs” in situations where you want to see a difference. Listening Breakthroughs are positive outcomes for yourself, others, your organization, or your community that are at least partially due to your practicing listening. Remember, positive outcomes could also include avoiding potential or continued negative outcomes (see Days 1 – 4!).
In professional settings, for example, you might want a better working relationship with a team member, less wasted time at meetings, and improved ways to let customers know their input matters. In personal situations, you may want to reinvigorate a relationship with spouse, child, or parent; mend hurt feelings after a disagreement; or have more meaningful family dinner conversations. And, in community or political settings, you may want to better connect with your neighbors or get through to a politician about a specific issue.
Once you have brainstormed situations for a Listening Breakthrough, you want to write a goal statement for that situation. Goal statements should be written in present tense and describe the change you want to create. There can be many different goal statements for a situation – create one that motivates you.
Students in the Listening Diet and the Listening Corps have seen breakthroughs in each area. One father was able to let his 5 year old feel heard and understood by simply paraphrasing and listening; a pastor was able to stay committed to listening strangers who approached him at the mall on Ash Wednesday; a nonprofit executive director reached an unexpected opportunity for collaboration with a congressman; a liberal was able to hear a Trump supporter; and more.
What listening breakthroughs do you want to create?
There are three resources for those of you enrolled in The Listening Diet Challenge:
- A guide to effectively brainstorm situations for potential listening breakthroughs in professional, personal, and community / political settings;
- A guide for brainstorming goals statements that relate to the situations you identify;
- A list of example goal statements in professional, personal, and community / political settings.
Remember, those enrolled will get all 31 worksheets, resources, and practice assignments for just $1/day!
Enroll in The Listening Diet Challenge!
And, members of The Listening Corps already have all of this information available to them when they enroll into that international leadership development network. The Listening Corps focuses on just on listening skills but also on leadership and facilitation skills. Find out more at ListeningCorps.com.
In Day 6 of The Listening Diet Challenge, you will why you don’t listen – and about the little voice in your head! What voice, you say? That one.
Thanks for listening!