My ‘one word’ this year is pause. Since January, I have been intentional about taking time to pause; mostly before reacting or responding to situations and people. I am realizing that in my pause, I tend to refrain from making unnecessary comments. By pausing, I take a moment and think to myself, “Is my comment appropriate? What is the intent? What are possible consequences?” Pausing actually allows me to be a better listener.
Pause . . . think . . . then speak.