Be Impeccable with Your Words
Choosing our words with integrity is essential to effective communication. This will raise our levels of self-awareness and increase the connectivity in our lives and relationships.
In a book that I am reading called The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, the author talks about four different practices to live by. One of them is to be impeccable with your words.
"Be Impeccable with your word: speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love." - The Four Agreements by Don Miguel
This agreement spoke to me so much. I have realized that our word is one component that we can control and use to have the greatest impact on our lives and others. By using our words exceptionally, we can show up for ourselves and our family members consciously and intently. If we are speaking with intent, we speak with exceptionalism that is communicated and felt through our speech, tone, body language, and the words that we use. Choosing the words carefully, and thoughtfully communicating to others and ourselves will have an enormous impact on elevating our lives.
When used correctly our word expresses love, compassion, support, and kindness. When used poorly our word can destroy, cause hurt, and create problems in our relationships with others and ourselves. Our words are the foundation of our being, and who we are as people; therefore, we must use this gift and communicate with intention!
Communicating sometimes comes without thinking, it just slips on out and sometimes we say things we might not necessarily mean, or maybe we say things in a way that we don’t intend! "Where do I start," you ask? Here are some tips!
Be interested in your audience. Actively listen, and converse.
Think before you speak. Choose the best words that communicate love and gratitude.
Be present. Shut off your distractions, stop what you are doing and simply communicate. Get into the moment, and connect. (that's right put away your phone!)
Connect. Make eye connect (it will only feel uncomfortable for a minute, then it will be magical!)
Set your intentions with love.
Be self-aware of your body language, and tone. Be inviting, and convey enthusiasm and love in your tone.
So, today’s assignment is to be totally impeccable with your words. Use your words to express love, support, encouragement, and positivity. Choose your words carefully and communicate clearly. Be conscious of what you are saying, and how you are saying it!