Over the last few weeks, I've worked really hard to be self-critical.
To really take the time to evaluate myself and my life and to be thoughtful in my actions. It's part of being mature, right? To step back and see what you're doing with you life and decide whether it's good or bad is something that, as adults, we're supposed to do. It's how we grow. It's how we prosper.
You can't grow when you stay in one place. This may be true for a tree, but with our emotional well-being? No. When our emotions become still, we turn stagnant, and, like water, we begin to decay. We grow putrid and full of nasty gunk, to put it lightly, and become less able to support life.
I realize through that process of critical self-evaluation, that the more thoughtful I become, the less I have to say; however, when I do have something to say, it becomes more impactful.
People listen. And better yet, they believe what I have to say. They trust.
When you say things quickly and without thought, over and over again, those words become tumbling blocks. They build up on themselves until they fall over, from a lack of foundation. They lose their meaning... They lose their impact. But if you take the time to say things that matter, and say them only once, they pack the punch of a million words, all rolled into one.
And people believe what you have to say.
And you grow.