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Soft Talk Challenge

Have you ever noticed how certain words allow you to hide or avoid commitment? These words are known as "soft talk," and I was unknowingly using them in my daily speech. I have been consistently working on removing these words from my language, including my emails and text messages, and it has made a huge difference.


Consider the following statement: "I think I could probably be a better listener." Does this sound like someone who is committed to becoming a better listener? Soft talk allows us to avoid committing fully to an idea or action.


To overcome this habit, write the following words in large letters on a piece of paper:

I GUESS

I THINK

LIKE

MAYBE

POSSIBLY

PERHAPS

SORT OF

KIND OF

MIGHT

ALMOST

HOPEFULLY

COULD


Then, tape the paper somewhere you will see it frequently, like your fridge, steering wheel, or bathroom mirror. I have even made it my phone lock screen to keep it front and center in my mind.


Eliminate these words from your language, and you will see a positive change in your life. Instead of hedging your commitments with soft talk, speak with confidence and authority. Say, "I can be a better listener," or even better, "I am becoming a better listener." This is the first step to showing up fully in your life.

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