Paying attention makes a much bigger difference in people’s lives than we realize. It makes a difference in decisions that people make in the workplace and in our personal lives.
One day a year ago, I paid attention to a young woman. We were having lunch together, and she shared about her family. To me, it was one simple lunch. I never expected to hear from her again. Wrong! 5 months later she called and asked if I remembered her. I did. She also asked if I knew that she was pregnant. I did not. Based on that one simple lunch, she let me know she wanted to place her unborn baby in our family, with our daughter and her husband. 3 weeks later, based on one simple lunch where I paid attention, we welcomed a new adopted grandson into the family.
Paying attention makes a huge difference in the workplace, too. Several years ago, during a meeting with my manager, she noticed some comments I was making that I didn’t even notice. Her insight shocked me and sent me in an entirely different direction as a result. I would not be where I am right now if it hadn’t been for her paying attention and making one significant comment.
Pay attention when you’re talking with people! You have no idea what the impact might be.