I will be the first to admit that I am completely wired to the internet. Building a brand here at Living The Dream has had me constantly on the world wide web working on it. But that has like anything come at a cost. What cost you ask?
Time. Now that I am here in Saudi Arabia (you didn’t know?) working and living I am thousands of miles from my family. And the eight hour time difference doesn’t help either!
See, time is a commodity in my world. The time I take to interact with people is engagement that pays off in the long run. But what about the people physically there with me in the same space?
That time is more important than anything else. Honestly. Be mindful of being present in the moment and fully engaged with who has chosen to spend their time with you. Even if it’s not in the presence of another, make sure you do it whether on Skype, Google Hangout, etc.
Listen to them speak and watch the emotions in their face. Actively listen and pay attention to their words. Show them that you value their time and what they are saying.
I am going to make an effort to be more engaged this month, this year, and this lifetime. Will you?