Definition of the word “underestimate” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
- to estimate (something) as being less than the actual size, quantity, or number
- to think of (someone or something) as being lower in ability, influence, or value than that person or thing actually is
Never Underestimate your ability to notice.
Do you ever feel forgotten about? Or if maybe not forgotten, overlooked? It happens to us all. Literally all of us.
Have you ever had this experience?
You are with a group of friends…coworkers…family…people. Everything is laughing, talking, having a good time. You start telling a story of some kind. You have barely started telling it when you realize somehow someone else has started talking and…everyone is laughing and listening to them. Your words start to get quieter and quieter and slowly fade into almost nothingness as you look around for any stragglers who may be still listening to you. After a glance around the room, you stop talking and give up. Oh well, it just happens (A LOT) You think to yourself. You join in with the others, listening wholeheartedly to the individual who has taken (stolen) the floor.
Yeah. I think we’ve all been there.
And we have probably all been the person on the other end who cut someone off while they were talking.
But… have you ever had this happen?
After 10 minutes your half told story has never made a comeback…it has officially died. Then out of nowhere someone turns, looks you in the eyes and says, “Hey, you started telling a story about such and such….what happened?”
You sit there, in shock and amazement. So someone was listening! Someone does care! Isn’t is startling? And… AWESOME!
When people notice things about our lives it makes us feel special and cared about. It just makes our day when someone takes the time to compliment us in a very specific way, they ask about something talked about in previous conversation, or remember important dates and events coming up in our life. When people notice things about our lives it makes us feel wanted, like we matter.
I love Trent Shelton’s saying, “It all starts with you.” If we like the feeling of being noticed, why not share the love? =) Truthfully, most of us aren’t very good at noticing things…other than bad things. I’m not sure how or why but bad things are so much more noticeable, but for some reason that is what our minds latch onto. So how do we change this cycle and become someone who is good at noticing?
Three things to help you tap into your “noticing the good things” superpower:
- Listen. Being a good listener is devoting your whole attention to whoever is talking and engaging by asking questions, looking at them, and joining in the conversation. (Put your phone AWAY!)
- Remember. Do whatever it takes to remember important events or even unimportant things happening in the lives people you come in contact with. I am so, so bad at remembering things, for me I have to write stuff down!
- Make a point to say something. People won’t know if you don’t say something…so speak up!
Noticing things has a lot of power. It can literally turn someone’s day around or even make their day. Noticing things can bring more depth to your relationships. Noticing things can save someone. Never Underestimate your ability to notice.
HAPPY FRIDAY!! =)))