In my interview with Reverend Michael Beckwith last Wednesday, he told me this:
“Our context determines our perception. My context is I am here to contribute to a kind and just global society. If I have that context, I can say, ‘Let me be an instrument of peace.'”
With the last couple of weeks in America, it can be hard to put all your thoughts and feeling into words. But I’m going to try. Because I know that my voice is important. I know it matters. And I personally want to make a difference.
My intention for this episode is take a little time this Friday just to connect with you, my listeners, and discuss what I’ve been learning and what I’ve been thinking about.
First, I want to acknowledge the conversations I’m starting to have, like the one with Reverend Michael Beckwith on Wednesday, as well as the conversations I’m having out of the public eye. These conversations can be difficult and at times uncomfortable, as I continue to educate myself on racism, justice, white privilege, and how to be actively anti-racist.
But as Reverend Beckwith told me this week, “We’re not here to make people comfortable. We’re here to make people great.”
I’ll start off with this: There’s a lot I don’t know. And there’s more than one right way to make a positive impact. I’m aware of both of these things, and I’m working on learning as much as I can.
So at this moment, I’m meditating on the importance of being a good listener and always maintaining an open mind and an open heart. This is something I’ve done for 7+ years on The School of Greatness. It’s not the Lewis Howes show — It’s The School of Greatness, where I am a student with all of you, listening to experts, inspiring leaders, and world-class individuals who have gone through tremendous challenges to get to where they’re at.
The most important thing we can do right now is listen. Listen to the people in your family, your household, the people closest to you. It can be easy to forget how important it is to prioritize them when you’re caught up in the world. Listen to your network and the feedback they’re giving you. Listen to the world with an open mind and an open heart.
Part of being a good listener is acknowledging what voices need to be heard, seeking them out, and amplifying them. It’s about being open to new perspectives, doing your research, and making adjustments based on that.
In certain conversations, especially right now, there are certain things we need to stand up for, but if you never listen, your voice will never be trusted or heard. I highly encourage you to check out the episode I just did with Reverend Michael Beckwith — it’s inspiring, it’s honest, it’s resourceful, and it will empower you to make decisions moving forward.
As he said in the episode, “people suffer from attention deficit disorder,” so today, I encourage you to go out there and be intentional in your listening and amplifying.
Please join me on Episode 963 to learn why listening is more important than ever right now.
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