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The advantage of speaking only kind and motivating words

The advantage of speaking only kind and motivating wordsImage Credit: Supplied

One day I had to drill holes in the wall so I could hang picture frames on them. However, not one of the holes was in the right dimension and since the drilled holes looked ugly, I had to fill them up with spackle.

However, in real life you may drill some holes which you may never be able to fill.

Did you know that we all carry a dangerous drill? It is so lethal that if someone is not careful enough, it can drill holes in the hearts of others which may take years or a lifetime to fill or heal.

The tongue is that dangerous drill that cuts like a blade and may spoil age-old relationships with just a few wrong words. Remember, until the time we do not speak, we own our words, but the moment such words are spoken, our words own us. Wounds slashed by a sword heal quickly, but harsh words leave enduring scars.

On a positive note, words also have the amazing capacity to fill hearts with compassion and love, and boost someone's morale to new heights, be it in your workplace, or your family and friends. People may forget what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel about themselves throughout their lifetime.

Maintain a positive attitude and be appreciative of your team's contributions. Be fair and square. Do not be biased or prejudiced.

Remember, our tongue is similar to a rudder which can change the direction of a ship. If used correctly at work, it can change the whole destiny of your team; if used wrongly, it can scar them for life.

There will come a time when we will just become a memory in the minds and hearts of others. So, make good use of your tongue to motivate your team and make a lasting impression on them.

Handy Hints:

• Speak wisely as a person's reputation adds impact to words

• Motivating words can inspire employees to work as a team

• The words a person speaks can influence the way he thinks

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Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company