Three Principles to Improve Human Connection
A lot of our 12-week journey so far has been about how to better yourself to increase your connection with society. That being said, we are currently faced with a worldwide epidemic with the spread of COVID–19. So this week’s edition will include my top three tips on how we, as a society, can better our connection with one other, particularly in times of distress.
Now more than ever we need to focus on human connection and yes, I completely understand the contradiction that is posed when mentioning human connection and COVID-19 in the same paragraph. However, when the whole world is talking about isolation and lockdown it would be naive of me as the voice of human connection to not remind us of the damaging effects the complete loss of human connection can have on our health and wellbeing.
Here are my top three principles to improve human connection within our society:
#1 LEADERSHIP. Leadership and the necessary skill set is not something you possess instantly once you attain a certain job title. Nor is it something you gain once you have staff reporting to you. I have seen Year 9 students show more leadership in our school programs than what I have seen from many high-level ’leaders’ in our corporate workshops. Leadership is the ability to stay level headed, calm and provide a safety net for those around you. Leadership right now can be defined as saying to those in your community, “I know it's bad. I know it's scary and the fear of the unknown is daunting. However, stick with me and we can get through this together.” Leadership is not defined as panic buying toilet paper and leaving the weak and frail to fend for themselves.
#2 EMPATHY. People are scared right now. There are issues and challenges in today's world (virus related or not) that we simply don't know, or can predict the outcome of. We need to understand that pushing biased opinions and thoughts on to one another isn’t going to create harmony and connection. We are raised on varying values, principles and beliefs which need to be respected and valued. We each have our own ideologies and feelings. It is important we respect that. They are not there to be moulded, changed or fixed by us. Instead of trying to convince someone to feel the same way you do about any certain topic, we must allow them to feel and express their own emotions.
#3 EMPOWERMENT. In today’s society, when someone has an opinion or decision that is different from ours we seem to either shut them down or judge them based on our own beliefs. To improve our connection with one another, we must first not judge, however more importantly we must empower them to follow and pursue what they believe to be right.
In summary, today’s world Is filled with connections, they are just not face to face anymore. Photo albums are now in the cloud (whatever that means) and catch-ups are now phone calls and texts. We must not lose sight of what is important, human connection! Practice an express the three principles I have laid out for you in this blog and together we can reconnect as human beings, away from the screens.
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