Have you ever found yourself in trouble because you say something too quickly? Have you ever said something and then wish you hadn’t? Don’t beat yourself up over it.
I have, you have, and we know it is very likely that everyone else has too. The larger question is have you learned from it.
Sometimes the best thing we can do for someone else is to hold our tongue. It is easy to want to offer an opinion right away but often times this just escalates a situation and may damage the relationship.
A healthy relationship is still the first major step to being an effective leader, mentor, and friend. Keeping it healthy may mean not speaking so quickly.
Use your two ears to listen intently, think through the ramifications of your response, and lean on your experience before you offer your opinion or advice. This exhibits discipline and will bring wisdom.
19th Century British Journalist George Sala said it this way:
“We should strive not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
It is important for you to say the right words, and to say them at the right time.
I’m cheering for you.
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