The thoughts that you carry in your head influences the words that come out of your mouth. In fact, what we think about the most ends up spilling out of our mouths sooner or later.
Sometimes jokes or sarcastic comments reveal those thoughts. There’s always a little bit of truth in every joke.
The human tongue (speech) is one of the most difficult things to master. It takes self-discipline. Because of this, it’s worth considering how we might be able to help guide our thoughts.
In this episode:
- Why you should consume good content (books, podcasts, etc)
- An analogy about learning and taking action
- Why you should think before you speak
- Journaling as a way to think on paper
- “Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” – James (book of the Bible)
- Samuel Hatton’s life coaching
Soaking in good thoughts
The best way to control what comes out of your mouth is to soak in good thoughts.
When you read, listen to podcasts, even watch TV, you are voluntarily putting your brain through thought processes. So choose carefully what you put into your head. Make sure it is lined up with where you want to go in life.
You are in a kayak. One paddle represents “learning”, and the other represents “action”. If you are only using one side of the paddle, you are going in circles. You absolutely must be learning (thoughts) in order to take appropriate actions that take us in the right direction.
Why should you think before you speak?
When you think before you speak or act, you are intentionally taking control over your actions. Without thinking things through, you may go through life without a care in the world. This can be harmful to yourself and to the ones around you.
Thinking on paper
An effective way to create space between our thoughts and actions is to journal. Put your thoughts on paper. Actualize the thoughts into words. Then look at all you have written on the page and begin to formulate your the actions you want to take.
This allows you to solve very complex problems, just like in math. I encourage you to try it out.
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Samuel Hatton is the full-time marketing guy at Endsight – San Francisco Bay Area’s premium locally sourced computer technology support. He’s a multi-talented creative, natural encourager, and is full of courageous ideas.
Weston Pokorny is a free-lance business technology consultant. People call him when they are faced with major projects they just can't get organized around. He's a master organizer, people connector, and is full of courageous compassion.