Right Words At The Right Time

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.

#leadership #motivation #coaching
#bebetter #beblessed


Published by toddagordon

Currently in his 37th year in the education field. Currently the District Activities Director at Greene County Community Schools in Jefferson, Iowa. Celebrating 37 years of marriage with Deb. Deb works remotely as the Assistant Controller for Treynor (IA) State Bank. We have 3 kids, two son in laws, a daughter in law, two wonderful grandsons, Jonathan and Parker, and three lovely granddaughters, Mia, Madison and Faye. Nicole and Brett are parents to Jonathan and Madison, and are working in ministry in Urbandale, IA. AJ and Regan live in Waukee, IA. A.J. currently works for Thrivent after a few years coaching college basketball including winning a National Championship as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Graceland University. Regan is a Kindergarten teacher with the Des Moines Public Schools at Hubbell Elementary School. Abby and Anthony are parents to Parker and Mia and they outside of Ogden, IA. Abby works as a Physical Therapy Assistant and Anthony works for a landscaping company.

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