Some of you will cock your eyebrow at this self-improvement tip. You find this easy and already do it every day.
If so, take pride in that before reading a different chapter. The rest of us, myself included, are playing catch-up to you.
If you don’t already do this, then you might find this tough. You might immediately find excuses not to do it.
That’s why you should do it.
For one thing, this is a handy skill to have.
For another, it’ll expand your mind and enrich your life. I wouldn’t suggest it if it didn’t have an enormous payoff.
What it this mysterious technique?
It’s nothing more, or less, then the art of talking with strangers.
Many folk feel uncomfortable with that idea. For some, it’s a vague sense of unease. For others, it’s a stronger anxiety.
Either way, it’s worth doing.
It’s a handy skill to have. Sometimes the quickest and easiest way to get somewhere is to ask a stranger for help.
It forces you to practice basic social skills, like greetings and small talk. (Most folk aren’t as good at these as they think they are, mostly because of lack of practice.)
But I think the biggest benefit is reminding you the typical person is a decent human being. Ask them for something small, like simple directions, and they’ll gladly help.
It’ll probably put them in a good mood, at least for a little while. Feeling knowledgeable and helping folk are great ways to feel good about yourself.
So why not give that gift to them?
You can start small by asking for the time. That’s easy to ask and safe enough for all parties involved.
More complicated than that are directions.
But if you want to really get a stranger thinking?
Ask them for an opinion.
Like what the best restaurant in this neighbourhood is.
Or the fastest way to get downtown.
Some folk will blow you off. That’s their loss, because the ones who engage will open up. You’re broken the autopilot everyone runs while walking around, while getting their mind to work – at least a little.
Remember, you’re doing both of you a favour by doing this. You’re practicing a fantastic attitude while they get to be the hero of your encounter.
Deprive the world of this at your peril, because we could all use a little more of this magic in our lives.
So that’s one way to enhance your life.
But if self-improvement really interests you, what would you do with more techniques than you can use?
Like, say, 60 of them?
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