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I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

Think before you speak

on April 15, 2016

How many times have you said something that you wished you hadn’t?

How many times have critical or complaining words have tumbled out of your mouth?

How many times have you expressed anger that hurt someone else?

How many times have you belittled or torn down another person?

How many times have you spread gossip that wasn’t entirely true?

Just think about it.  You have probably spoken thousands of negative, critical, angry, hurtful words that had the potential to hurt many people.  Our words have such powerful effects!

We should always be careful with our words and think before we speak.  Our thoughts often come to us without warning and if don’t pay attention to what we are thinking and stop any negative thoughts from being processed into negative words, we can do a lot of damage to the lives of others and also ourselves.  Careless words can result in misunderstanding, miscommunication and cause problems in our relationships.

Before you speak:

  • think carefully about what you are saying
  • be consciously aware of any negative thoughts
  • stop those negative thoughts
    • picture a stop sign, take a few deep breaths, count to 10
    • focus on something positive
    • say positive statements
    • write your thoughts in a journal or type them into your phone
  • gather your thoughts and say something positive
  • if you do say something negative, apologize before the situation gets worse

You do have the power to control your thoughts.  You don’t have to keep every negative thought that pops into your head.  Get rid of those negative thoughts and create a habit of positive thinking.  Believe me it does work!  All it takes is continual practice.

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2 responses to “Think before you speak

  1. Excellent post! Thanks for the words of encouragement. This is an area that I seem to struggle with almost every day. God bless! Dave 🙂

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