Most of the time we think before we act. Our thinking is responsible for analyzing, discerning, and deciding what we will or will not do. Our thinking truly has the power to change our actions.
One of the most important actions that our thinking controls is our communication. The words we are using to communicate are produced as a result of our thoughts beforehand. This way, our thinking not only changes our lives, but we can influence other people by our thoughts alone. Our thoughts and words can be the most powerful tools in the known Universe. Everything that is made by man was first a thought that later translated into an action.
Of course our thinking depends on many factors. What we know, what we don’t know, what we experienced in our past, what our emotional structure is at present, etc. etc. etc. But generally our actions and our words are external pictures of our thoughts. When I see what you do and how you communicate I can get quite a good picture of your thinking.
I’m always fascinated that we all know how important thinking and communication is, yet we do so little to understand and improve it.
Henry Ford once said, “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it…”
I think one of the main reasons for this is that we think and communicate all the time. It may seem that if you do something all the time you must be good at it. There’s no need for improvement. No thought even given to a need for improvement. It just is.
This is not necessarily true, however. People who learn how to sing professionally are testament to that. We use our voices continuously, but if you want to make a wonderful instrument from your voice you need years of hard work and professional help. We all prepare meals every day, but it does not mean that we belong in the kitchen of a five-star restaurant. If you want to work as a chef in that setting, you will need to learn, practice, and learn again for many, many years.
Doesn’t it work the same way for our thinking and for our ability to communicate?
I believe it does. I know that if you want to use this incredible instrument—your brain—correctly and you want to produce high quality thoughts, you need to train it, and practice, practice, and more practice. The same is true with communication. Without continuous practicing, learning, and improving we will use only a fraction of our potential. We will produce a meal, but we will not be the top chef in a five-star restaurant.
Therefore, I would like to encourage and challenge you to take time and improve the way you think and communicate. I am sure that thinking and communication are main factors that will determine the quality of our lives and we have the power to do something about it. To change our thoughts and words to positively impact our own lives and the world around us.
Of course, there are emotions and attitude and other activities involved in the process, but if we learn how to think correctly we can educate our emotions and our attitude to serve us and not impede us.
More importantly, if we want to do massive actions, we need to communicate our thoughts in the way that other people will get inspired, motivated, and willing to help.
As Jim Rohn used to say, “One man doesn’t make a symphony orchestra.” If we want to think big, if we want to achieve big dreams and big goals, we will need to communicate our thoughts to people who are willing to listen. Effectively, clearly, and passionately.
When we are able to do it the right way, there is no limit in what we can achieve.