THE IMPACT OF COMMUNICATION ON YOUR LIFE
What’s one thing you tend to do everything single day of your life without even thinking about it? You communicate. Communication is involved in almost everything we do throughout the day for work, pleasure, improvement, necessity, or anything else we want to accomplish. Even something simple like going to the drive-thru for lunch requires communication!
Whether you’re good, bad, or just “meh” when it comes to communication, there are undoubtedly some ongoing effects showing up in your life. These things can be good or bad, but we’ll come back to that later. First, let’s see what exactly communication involves.
WHAT COUNTS AS COMMUNICATING?
You don’t have to be a public speaker, a CEO, or a phone operator to be communicating regularly. Communication involves everything from sending a text message to ordering a coffee to apologizing to your spouse or boss. Every time you speak to anyone else through any means you are communicating.
As you can see by now, communication is a really big part of your day. So, why don’t we practice it more often? Bad communication ruins many great opportunities, while good communication helps you to reach further with your life. Let’s look at some of the things communication can impact in your everyday life.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN IF…?
You’re bad at communication
Bad communicators will not have as much success in personal relationships. Communication is vital to making someone else feel valued and connected. If you cannot maintain any sort of healthy communication with your friends, family members, spouse, girlfriend/boyfriend, etc. then you cannot expect these relationship to flourish.
This current generation seems to be particularly bad at communicating in a sincere way to avoid conflicts. Instead, people avoid all sorts of conversations they think might be unpleasant. You might even go as far as breaking up with someone simply because you don’t want to take the time and communicate an apology or tell them that they have offended you in whatever way.
In the workplace, communicating poorly can mean that things don’t get done as well as they should or that they don’t happen at all. It can also lead to you being passed over for promotions. If you can’t even look your boss in the eye and say “good morning”, how can you then expect him to move you up in the company? Some generation Y employees are still in their same low level job because of their communicating skills, or lack thereof.
You’re good at communication
The world doesn’t become a better place just because you know how to communicate well. The difference is that you’ll be able to get things done that you wouldn’t have managed before.
Your personal relationships with others can flourish when you learn how to communicate with other people effectively. You’ll find yourself making more connections that could lead you anywhere in life as well as being able to maintain the connections you already have more effectively.
When it comes to employment, you will most likely be seen as a much more valuable employee when you can practice effective communication. You co-workers, managers, and bosses are more likely to see you as a productive, useful member of the team instead of a shy, lazy worker. Good communication can lead to more trust in a work relationship. Many millenials have got a decent grasp on this concept, although not all of them.
Communication may not be the biggest factor affecting how your life is going, but it does end up having a huge impact on your day-to-day life and your goals. Wherever you want to go in life, knowing how to communicate can help you get there. Whether you’ve set relationship goals, workplace goals, or any other goals, communicating effectively can pave your way to success.