How Do Others Feel?
July 8, 2022
Among the many wise things Maya Angelou said, there is one particularly profound message which says-I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Every day you are engaging with and connecting with others. It is almost certain that after every interaction, you have a view of what happened through the exchange and how the other person made you feel.
“That was a good conversation,” or “She is so defensive,” or “Why can’t he be more open to ideas” or “He is so full of himself, it’s always about him..” or “He is trying to undermine me.”
It’s very easy to have a view of how others make you feel, but how often do you step back and check yourself on how you make others feel?
Our emotions are a form of energy, and they are transmittable. What kind of emotional energy transfer happens from your side to others?
It stands to reason that you will emit anger in interactions if you are angry. If you are anxious or fearful, you unconsciously transmit the feeling to others. On the other hand, if you are happy and peaceful, you will radiate happiness and peacefulness.
The best interactions are those where both sides come out feeling good, and you have a big role in making that happen. It takes deliberate and conscious practice to ensure that you radiate positive energy that supports and inspires no matter your internal state.