My communication comfort zone is to take in stuff, think about it and then respond/react.
Most times it works for me. I'm finding more and more lately, that it's not.
I've written many times at lengh that I LOVE to start my day in the early a.m. sipping HOT skinny mochas and reading SP posts. I also pop in several times during the day for a re-charge.
Unfortunately, I seem to have gotten into a habit of wanting to read everyone's thoughts and haven't contributed my support as much as I would like by commenting/writing.
I can't tell you how many times I've been touched by the posts here. I would say to myself, "WOW! This is REALLY insightful/ moving/ inspiring/ grabbing/ etc. !!! I REALLY want to think about this before I write something thoughtful and meaningful back."
Unfortunately, many times when I get back to write, I can't find the blog/post/thread where I want to contribute my thoughts and support. Arghhhhhh!
What a Missed Opportunity! I HATE it when I have those!!!!!
One strategy I've developed to help myself with stuff is to develop and implement what I call 'Personal Policies'.
When I have time and am in a 'thoughtful place' mentally, I think thru a situation/issue/problem that involves making some sort of choice. After evaluating everything, I pick the 'best' choice for me. Then every time that situation pops up, I mentally pull up my policy and follow it.
Do I do this every time? No. But I sure do kick myself when I don't follow my policy and have a 'shoulda, woulda, coulda' moment.
So-- Here's my revised SP Communication Policy:
I'm going to work on shortening up the 'thinking about' part of my communication comfort zone. Part of this is just getting rid of my laziness about going thru the effort of the thinking and writing process. I'm going to reduce my missed opportunities to support my Spark friends by replying when I read their posts.