“Just because you think it doesn’t mean you have to say it.
Self-editing before speaking can help avoid much regret.”
It seemed as though practically everyone who commented could relate, not only to the statement itself, but that we’ve all fallen victim to our own lack of heeding it. I know I have. Make that, I know I have!
At live events, when discussing self-editing, I’ll often receive a question. It generally goes something like:
“But Bob, doesn’t self-editing; watching what we say; being careful that it isn’t hurtful, insulting, rude, or simply the wrong thing to say…doesn’t that take a lot of work? I mean, isn’t it difficult?”
And, the short answer is, YES, it is difficult.
The longer answer is, Yes, it is difficult. And, like any habit, the more we practice, the less difficult it is. The more we focus on improving upon this trait; the easier and more natural it becomes. As we retrain the pathways in our brain, self-editing becomes more natural and, in time, while we may not master it, we can certainly become a lot more proficient in this regard.
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