Why on earth would you want to master your words? Because you now have a “Mini You” looking up to you. That’s why. These tips have helped me be more mindful of the words that I use on a daily basis ~ Especially over the lives of my children.
Listed below are 6 tips to help you better master your words.
- Never speak in haste
- Always think before you speak
- Remain silent when angry
- Remember the fruit harvested will always depend on the seed sewn
- Learn to switch on and switch off
- You will grow old
1. Never speak in haste
Remember the story of the Hare and the Tortoise or the saying “Slow but sure”. This can also be applied to speech. Take your time. You’re not racing with anybody. Unless of course you’re in a ‘who speaks the fastest’ competition or suffer from verbal diarrhoea.
Here is a great Proverb to help you remember this point.
“He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.” Proverbs 13:3
This leads to the next point…
2. Always think before you speak
The faster a vehicle moves, the easier it is to lose control and collide with oncoming traffic. The faster we shoot our mouths off the more likely we are to say something stupid and offend someone.
All this can be avoided if we simply take the time out to think before releasing our words.
This however sometimes can be difficult. Especially when you’re angry and a heated argument begins to brew.
The solution to this is to…
3. Remain silent when angry
It is better to remain silent when you’re angry then to say something that you’ll regret later.
Trust me on this. I’ve had my fair share of stupidity being released in my moments of anger. But you can’t undo what’s been said no matter how many times you apologize.
Shut your big mouth [I mean this in the most politest way].
4. Remember that the fruit harvested will always depend on the seed sewn
I shared this in my post on Words and their impact in the life of your child as one of the principles of a seed. You become more mindful of your words once you’ve understood this principle.
Negative words will produce…
Positive words will produce…
5. Learn to switch off and switch on
When you’re with the guys, you’re with the guys. Language used among your peers should remain as language among peers. Don’t bring it home. Leave the jokes for buddy time.
I know that this is fairly obvious but I thought I’d bring it up anyway as a reminder also for me.
Remember that your baby won’t always be a baby. So the words you speak over them and what they hear on a daily basis is of the uttermost importance.
While you may have no control over outside influences, the important thing to remember is the environment you create will help nurture and build character in your child.
And if ever you forget, always bear this in mind…
6. You will grow old
My oldest son Tyrell is all too aware of this fact and has said things like “Daddy when you’re old or daddy one day when you’re old…”
Ah Yes! The 2 legs we now walk on will one day become 3.
Why is this important?
Because we get only one chance to build our brand.
God willing that in our old age our children will only bless and encourage us. Showing us the same patience and love that we show them now by being mindful of our words.
While not exhaustive, I hope these 6 tips to help you better master your words will be a great starting point for you.
What are some other tips that can help us better master our words?
Share your thoughts or just Hi in the comments.
Recommended reading material
Here is a great eBook titled Building An Empire With Words by Auhtor Paul Jun. I’ve read it and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to start Building An Empire With Words. [Just so you know…this isn’t an affiliate link and you can grab the PDF version for free.]