“Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.”
When we are clear and in control of how we express ourselves in our thoughts, feelings and emotions when different situations arise, that control allows us to think better. This is what Danish physicist Niels Bohr essentially means in today’s quote. If what we are thinking about in our heads is unclear and muddled, it is in our best interest not to say or do something we may live to regret. It is one of the greatest and hardest challenges in life: practicing and being consistent in the area of self management. When things are going great it is quite easy to maintain control because everything is going our way. However, when it doesn’t, this is where we need to use our self awareness skills and recognize what our emotional state may be at that point and time. It is then where we need to effectively manage our stress and control our impulses.
A word to the wise: when you are unable to think clearly due to whatever may have just occurred it is best to take time to collect your thoughts by excusing yourself from the situation. You could go for a walk, listen to some calming music or go to the gym to workout. Whatever you do, allow yourself time to process what just occurred and formulate how you best would like to respond to the situation in a calm, clear and cool manner. It is like I tell my daughter, just because someone just emailed you or texted you asking you something that may have upset you, it does not mean you owe them a response right away. Take time to think about what you’d like to say at the moment, get that out of your system and then, when you calmed down, write a response back (or even call them which would be better) and remain cordial by one that expressing what you are thinking and feeling clearly. Once we are able to do things like this, we put ourselves in a better state of mind and are able to show others how that we are in control of ourselves.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards managing yourself better?