Choose Your Words

by Bill Gough, Insurance Hall of Fame Agent

Recently I came across an article that really hit home which affects both your professional and personal lives.

Well-chosen words mixed with tempered emotion is the basis for powerfully affecting people. Admittedly, I have failed many times over the years in hurting people with my words and the emotions behind those words.

It's okay to send someone flowers, but flowers can only say so much. The best sending someone flowers can say is that you remembered. If you want them to know anything more, you'll have to use your words.

Your vocabulary enables you to interpret and to express. If you have a limited vocabulary, it’ll be harder for you to express yourself as well as interpret others accurately. I am not saying you need to have a master’s degree in language, but just like anything else you can easily make improvements in how you communicate to your team and your family and friends.

If you want to affect people with your words, you need to have a strong vocabulary. Just keep in mind, the stronger your vocabulary, the stronger your ability to express yourself.

Two great old words are “behold” and “beware”. Behold the possibilities and beware of the temptations.

Vocabulary enables us to interpret and to express. If you have a limited vocabulary, you will also have a limited vision and a limited future. Well-chosen words mixed with measured emotions are the basis of affecting people.

Words do two major things:

They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness.

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”