I know it's pretty weird, but I practice speaking whenever I'm stuck in a traffic (which means every day here in the Philippines). I speak about any topic like politics, health, and motivation. I just talk about anything that comes to mind...alone in the car. Weird. That's why I don't do it when I'm commuting to work. Anyway, I still got a long, long way to go in terms of my confidence and creativity. But, at least I'm doing something to improve them. Oh, and last night, the main message at The Feast (a prayer gathering) was "Progress, not perfection."
"Speak every day. I’m not talking about standing in front of the mirror and telling yourself how great you look. Instead, whenever you have alone time, choose a random topic to speak out loud to yourself for just two minutes. It can be something as simple as seeing a license plate and debating to yourself the creative design of its shape or why there should be eight numbers instead of seven. Be creative. The purpose of this daily exercise is to improve a couple things:
Your Creativity. By looking for ways to connect random “things,” you force your brain to look for solutions and why they tie-in together, rather than just simply seeing two different objects that don’t.
Speaking Is Paramount. I cannot think of a single effective leader in history who did not speak well. Consider this: Stephen King writes every day, 365 days a year, and you know what? He’s not exactly an unsuccessful writer. If you want to improve something you need to do it consistently, and speaking is no different."
Read the article: Nine Ways to Jump-Start Your Life by Jeff Boss on Forbes.com
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