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Be responsible for what is coming out of your mouth

November 22, 2016
Does your mouth run and you realize that you create awkward or inappropriate moments for yourself? We all do this on occasion, some more than others and it’s important that we take responsibility to not run our mouths!
I think in every household we were taught the lesson – “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” However few of us do this! We struggle to place a filter between our thoughts and our mouths and we often find ourselves in prickly situations. Instead we must remember this important lesson from our childhood and be mindful of our behavior. We have to make a goal to listen more than we speak. We all love being heard and validated and it is one of the most effective ways to build relationships and to ensure that we are not socially awkward!
Make a habit of listening to others more than we speak ourselves as a way to check your behavior. Then, if you do find yourself talking out of turn take responsibility for it in the moment. Apologise for your comments and make sure of correcting yourself in the moment. People respond to this kind of honesty and accountability and you gain a lot of respect from this kind of observational and correctional behavior.
Correct yourself in a loving way and without making any fun. Apologise for your inappropriate comments and own that it is not appropriate. Then lovingly express what you really meant and why, so that you can show others that you are allowed to have a loving and healthy opinion and that you are capable of behaving appropriately.
We all make mistakes and perfectionism is a myth! Instead honesty, accountability and integrity go a long way when you make a faux-pa!
Nicole

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