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Melissa Ganus

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What are your New Year's resolutions?

Last year, Sajeesh Ragavan posted this question at http://www.ted.com/profiles/933068
http://www.ted.com/conversations/8166/what_s_your_new_year_s_resolut.html.

Now, having made it through the 21st of December, 2012, it seems like exactly the right time to post it again!

I've been inspired by Dr Mike Evans short video about how much more successful New Year's resolutions tend to be compared with making resolutions at other times of year. Just posted a TEDed and would welcome your thoughts and feedback: http://ed.ted.com/on/cu5IwKY6

Happy New Year!!!

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    Gavin J

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    Jan 6 2013: My New Year's Resolution is to listen to others more and not always lean on my own understanding. Basically, accept that I can be wrong and make mistakes!
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      Jan 6 2013: A friend told me that one of the most useful lessons he had on being able to see things from different perspectives came from a little video on Sesame Street: "That's about the size of it." I made a little TEDed of it a few weeks ago: http://ed.ted.com/on/ArGXIcnu. Let me know what you think?

      The ability to see things from other perspectives is sooooo powerful! A pity we aren't born with it and that so many people don't even know how to very well. How old do you think you were when this became important to you?
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        Gavin J

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        Jan 6 2013: I am 19 years old now and it really struck me about a year ago when I had just turned 18! It is a really powerful tool and has helped me have better relationships with my friends and family. It would be incredible if everyone practiced this!
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          Jan 6 2013: I didn't get it from school - but wish it could be better taught there. I've heard of history professors who nail it, getting students to imagine themselves in the roles of the people they're studying, making decisions in those different contexts and challenges. May I ask, What do you think triggered it for you last year?
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      Jan 6 2013: Gavin and Melissa,
      Being able to really listen, hear and understand others more is a wonderful practice, and accepting that we can be "wrong" at times facilitates good communications with ourselves and others:>)

      Melissa,
      You mention the idea of "getting students to imagine themselves in the roles of the people they're studying, making decisions in those different contexts and challenges", and that is another great step....compassion and empathy. When we can practice this, often times we do not need to use the "wrong" label. We are all different, with many different perspectives, perceptions, thoughts, feelings, ideas and beliefs. Often, we do not know the challenges a person is facing, and if WE can sometimes get beyond the "right" and "wrong" labels, we can understand people on another level? What do you think?

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