Ways to Keep Your Words from Sabotaging Your Success

Valorie Burton

 

1. Learn when to be quiet.

2. Give yourself time to think. If you need more time to think about how to respond, simply say, “Let me give that some thought.”

3. Refuse to murmur and complain. We can always find something to complain about if we focus on the negative. Make a decision to appreciate the blessings in every situation and refuse to waste your words complaining and murmuring. Instead, ask, “What solution would help me eliminate the challenges I find myself complaining about?” Complaints drain your energy – and the energy of the people around you! Use your words to renew your energy, not deplete it.

4. Tell me something good! “What’s the best thing that’s happened to you lately?” Are you still asking yourself that question regularly? Stay in the habit of acknowledging the good things that are going on, so that you don’t find your conversation out of balance and focused solely on the negative realities you may face.

5. Speak your goals into existence.

Identify one way in which your words are hurting you more than helping you. Take a specific action to change that dynamic.

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