Words are very powerful tools, particularly when they are in the right hands. Even a good word may inspire a person to greater achievements, while an awful word can lead him to death, which is not an exaggeration. As a result, before you open your lips, you should consider what you want to say.
But what specifically do you need to be thinking about, since if you go into deep thought, you will seem to others as if you are lost in thought and unable to react immediately to the situation. In truth, there are a few important questions you should ask yourself before you speak anything to your interlocutor that you should consider.
6 reasons why you should think before you speak
1. Is the information provided accurate?
In this information-overloaded world, everyone believes their version of the truth. There is no such thing as truth at all when it comes down to it. Instead, there is simply misinformation that plays into the hands of each side, each in its own manner. The average person makes mistakes while processing information, and communicating inaccurate information to our interlocutors might place both of us in an embarrassing situation.
Consequently, before you say anything, particularly on a sensitive topic, you should consider if this is truly the truth. Suppose you are not certain that the information is accurate, and it will be difficult to verify its validity. In that case, it is preferable to remain mute and allow additional time for “research.”
Although the information is important and must be communicated as quickly as possible, it is important to spend a few minutes double-checking its accuracy since it may turn out to be a rumor or a fake after all.
2. At this time, does it make any sense?
Everything, including words, must have a certain function. When words are no longer effective at the time, it is preferable to keep the knowledge to oneself, even if you believe it to be really important at the time. At the very least, until such a time as the necessity arises. You will save time and energy by doing so. You will avoid the irritation or even scorn of your interlocutors, who may perceive unnecessary explanations while addressing vital issues to be trivial or disrespectful of their time.
3. Is it important to speak these things over and again?
Although this and the previous paragraph on the headers seem to be the same, they are not. One thing is to say something you believe to be important when it isn’t, but another is to say it only to keep yourself in the limelight.
Many people continue to speak even though they know they should stop and reflect on whether or not it is wise to continue the conversation at that point. In the view of others, if you don’t begin to think, if you don’t quit and want to be the center of attention at all costs, you will be seen as a fool.
4. Will the words be sincere
Sometimes lying is beneficial and may even save someone’s life in rare circumstances. Thoughtfully consider the integrity of your words and how they will seem to another person before you speak, whether they are the purest truth or the most obvious lie.
Even the most ridiculous untruth may inspire the person who hears it if the words are genuine or at least seems to be real. The absence of sincerity and the sound of unconvincing words will make even the truest and clear facts seem to be a lie, leading to mistrust.
5. Is it really good?
Our world is filled with evil and negativity, and it is enough just to read the news to see this. Is it really worth it to worsen the negative environment any further? Of course not, since there is already an abundance of it. Better consider how what you say will affect this world and if you will make it angrier or nicer due to your words. And, certainly, you can have a huge impact with only a few words.
A nice word given to someone increases the likelihood that the person who heard it would pass on the good energy to others and down the chain of communication. It’s important to remember that good spreads far more slowly than evil; therefore, patience is required.
6. What are the implications of what has been said?
The most important idea that should occur to you in the first place is this one. A fundamental law of nature is that action causes a response, which holds for words and other expressions and other things.
Take a deep breath and ask yourself, “What will happen next?” when it comes to anything significant. Perhaps what you are going to say will jeopardize your reputation and your health or even your life.
The majority of people do not understand the implications of their actions until they are forced to deal with issues that might have been avoided had they just avoided opening their lips at a certain time. Even if you need the knowledge right away, spend a few seconds speculating about what will happen next.