Think Before You Speak ~ Even To Yourself

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.”
Napoleon Hill

This quote is true, as are most Napoleon Hill quotes ~ in my opinion! The words you say, your influence plant the seeds of success or failure in the minds of others. What about yourself? How do you speak to your self? Are you kind and encouraging in the face of the adversity we all face in life? Or are you harsh and critical and condemning? Do  you call yourself stupid, or do you give yourself a break? Do you criticize or praise? You could be determining your own success or failure in actions by what you tell yourself in thoughts. You are in fact!

It’s very easy when you’re ill, or down to let your mind fall into a pattern of negative self talk, and negative talk in general. You don’t feel well. It’s hard to think of great and encouraging things to say. I have been ill since the beginning of July. I have been positive and I have been discouraged. I have kept from mania and depression by some miracle even though hospitalized twice.

I’m so happy I got through it stable and strong. But I have had my down moments and my discouraged days. Now I feel I’m turning the corner and getting well. For the first time in a long time I’m up late happily write to you all.

Positive self talk is something I aspire to. I haven’t mastered it. It’s my goal every day. I know how important it is to my well being and performance. My happiness and outlook. I focus on kindness to others first. That reminds me to be kind to myself. It works for me.

Have a good week my friends and remember to think before you speak, even to yourself. You are precious too!

@copyright Libby Baker Sweiger

This post also appears in the August 27th, The Howie Blog, Regional Blog,  AND

is given a shout out in the front page of August 27th StarTribune.Com:

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Libby Baker Sweiger: Think before you speak, even to yourself


4 thoughts on “Think Before You Speak ~ Even To Yourself

  1. I am so bad at this Libby! I’m not used to not having negative talk to myself. It can get very discouraging and I’m not sure how to change it. Mary is right and so are you!! Now for me to put it in to practice!

    • You’ve gotten to the first and most important step, Mimi, awareness. Now your negative thoughts will strike discord with you and beg to be changed by and aware mind. I’ll be praying for you and remember it’s a daily battle. No one is perfect. The word of God meditated upon is a secret weapon of positivity and God does not condem He loves you and knows how precious you are!

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