Think means Is It
T– True ?
H– Helpful ?
I– Important ?
N– Necessary ?
K– Kind ?
Thinking before you speak is an important skill to master for all kinds of situation in life. Thinking before you speak is essential to your progress in life, in relationship, in career, in interactions with people, etc. It is important to know that it’s unavoidable to say something negative, but thinking before you speak helps you to be more tactful & understand how to offset negativity with something positive.
Be careful with your words. Once they are said, they can be only forgiven, not forgotten.
Obviously, speaking before you think is a bad habit that can get you & others into trouble, regrets and hurt. If you speak before you think about what you’ve said, you didn’t consider what those words will mean to another person or what the words say about you.
Know this, words have energy & power and are singularly the most powerful force available to mankind. Their power arises from our emotional response when we read, speak or hear them.
- Words have the ability to heal, to hinder, to kill, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, to cause war, to bring peace, to encourage, etc.
- Words literally shape your beliefs & drive your behaviours.
How many times a day do you throw your words away, either to yourself or others ? You say things like “ I’m such a fool ”, “ I hate myself ”, “ I’m a bad cook ”, “ I’m a terrible singer ”, “ You’re such a dummy ”, “ You’re stupid ” and so on. You never think that these words bring negative energy and affects you & others on a mental, physical & spiritual level, but they do.
The words you write or speak to others can leave a huge impact and create a lasting memory– either good or bad. Think before you speak & choose your words wisely, because your words are seeds that do more than blowing around. They land in the heart and not the ground. Be careful what you plant, you might eat the fruit of what you planted into someone, one day.
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Be prepared to think before you speak, say what you mean, stand behind your statements and be responsible for them.
Two great techniques for learning to think before you speak are:
to find your internal ‘pause‘ button & to use the THINK acronym.
Here are 3 ways to use words:
- Choose Your Words Wisely.
Know this, when you complain about your life to yourself or to others, you’re putting those negative words out there to become reality. When you say something out loud enough, sometimes your words become the truth not only in your own mind, but in the minds of others. Begin to choose the words you speak consciously. Practice improved self awareness over the words that you use to describe yourself & your life. Eliminate words like ‘ can’t ’, ‘ shouldn’t ’, ‘ won’t ’, etc. You’re not perfect, next time you catch yourself about to use negative words, regain control, remind yourself
who you are and frame your words to have much positive impact on your world. Imagine your words to be paint, with which you paint your reality.
- Use Affirmations Consciously.
Affirm who you are, your dreams, your hopes and your success with the most powerful two words that a person can utter– ‘ I am ’
Instead of saying ‘ I am…lazy| shy| a failure| a fool ’, say ‘ I am…strong| wise| wealthy| blessed| confident| successful| happy| the best mum| the best me ’ this is the exact truth that you’re creating for yourself. It doesn’t matter if there is any truth in the words that you’re saying, what matters is that it defines your reality. Daily remind yourself of who you are & what you wish to be, using positive affirmations beginning with those magical words ‘ I Am ’.
- Speak From The Heart Sincerely.
Speaking sincerely from the heart, makes you evaluate your words and its consequence. When you complain a lot in life or use hateful words, you usually do so from a place of anger, displeasure, uncertainty or fear. Do you sometimes say something you later regret ? Next time you desire to open your mouth to hurt, judge, complain, discriminate or put others down, ask yourself:
- ‘ Why am I about to say this ? ’
- ‘ What’s the consequence of saying this ? ’
- ‘ Will I regret it later on ? ’
- ‘ How is this going to change the situation at hand ? ’
Learn to always speak from a place of love & certainty: For yourself, for your life & for others.