Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, don’t underestimate the power of your communication. People who know how and when to communicate are in high demand.
I’m not talking about standing on a stage as a public speaker. I’m referring to the day-to-day opportunities we all have to communicate in a way that just might make someone else’s day if we simply invest a moment to think about someone else.
Over the weekend, I shared a ski day with two of my best ski buddies. One of those buddies is a really good photographer. He decided to exercise his photography skills on Saturday. The photo at the top of this article shows his talent.
I shared this photo on Facebook because I thought John did an outstanding job with the camera. Colorado provided the backdrop. A number of people “Liked” the photo on Facebook.
One person in particular whom I have skied with one time in the past wrote something that made my day. He knows what I’ve had to overcome and fight through in order to get back on my skis. This is what Paul wrote.
“Jeff! Awesome pic brother! To go from where you were a couple years ago to this is nothing short of miraculous!”
When you go through experiences in life that cause you to have to find mental toughness in order to overcome the deck of cards you’ve been dealt, every day is a challenge and the road gets very lonely at times.
Sometimes a simple thought from someone who is paying attention to how hard you're working to overcome your setback can be just enough fuel in the mental gas tank to keep the engine running. To me, Paul’s words were like a shot of adrenaline that I deeply appreciate.
Getting back to the first sentence of this blog, know that your words can make a significant impact on another person at any time in any circumstance. You don’t have to be an eloquent writer or speaker. You simply have to pay attention and invest a moment to care when you run into someone who could benefit from your support and encouragement.
These opportunities exist all around us every day of life.
You may not even know what you did but you might change someone’s outlook with a few carefully chosen words at the right time.