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5 Lessons for Communicating Efficiently and Professionally Through Quotes

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5 Lessons for Communicating Efficiently and Professionally Through Quotes

Considering we have been communicating since we were born, by crying and yelling, in the beginning, to get our message across, to slowly learning the words to do the same, you would think, we would have mastered it by the time we reach adulthood. How right yet how wrong that logic is?

When you think about it, communication is one of the first skills we learn. We have been talking and conveying our thoughts for our whole lives, yet, it becomes harder to effectively communicate as we grow up. There’s just something about communications that’s harder than it should be for us.

Of all the skills we develop as leaders and professionals, communicating is one that many people fail in. We frequently miscommunicate, bypass the point, cause an unintended reaction, or avoid a messy discussion altogether. As a result, not communicating holds us back.

“You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.”

-Lee Iacocca

How many times has it happened that you have had a great idea, an obvious solution, known the answer to the question that’s worrying everyone, but haven’t voiced your thoughts? When you have difficulty putting your thoughts across, you choose not to speak at all. While that saves you from discomfort in that particular moment, it only harms you in the long run.

5 Lessons for Communicating Efficiently and Professionally Through Quotes

You might never stand out from your colleagues, even though you have better ideas. You might never be taken seriously because you don’t speak when it is needed. You might miss opportunities because you were too afraid to put in your two cents. Remember, if you don’t ask, the answer is always going to be no.

“Communication is the solvent of all problems and is the foundation for personal development.”

-Peter Shepherd

Following up on the previous quote, when you speak out, you get feedback. When you get feedback, you understand whether your idea is brilliant in reality or just your head. You learn how to implement it or learn where it falls short.

While not speaking out means your ideas will never fail, it also means that you will never learn and you will never grow. Hence, it will stump your personal development. 

Apart from that, it is really a solution for most problems – personal as well as professional. Many times the things that are bothering you can be easily solved with communication. Putting up boundaries, being open to discussion, raising objections, apologizing, a lot rides on words and how you put them. 

“Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say infinitely when you mean very; otherwise, you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.”

-C.S. Lewis

You communicate to be heard, to be understood; so if you use words that aren’t that common while speaking, then you are going to be getting nowhere. Try to keep your dialect as simple as you can when conveying something. Try to think of the least qualified person in the room, if even they can comprehend what you are saying then you are doing great.

5 Lessons for Communicating Efficiently and Professionally Through Quotes

This also applies to exaggeration when we are trying to sell an idea that isn’t great. We might succeed in selling it now, but no one is going to believe it when you actually do have a great idea.

“The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.”

-Sydney J. Harris

This goes hand in hand with not using big words when putting your thoughts across. If it is a meeting with people from different departments, then chances are that not everyone is going to be familiar with the jargon of your sector.

While using jargon and technical mumbo-jumbo will help make you sound intelligent, it won’t help you put your point across. Try to communicate your information by finding a balance between speaking in layman’s terms and including enough to make you sound authoritative.

“Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.”

-William Butler Yeats

This is more applicable in professional life, even though it has an influence in personal life as well. When you are in meetings or business setting, not everyone is going to have the same expertise as you. While you might think in the terms of statistics, it might mean nothing to the person who thinks in the terms of profit margin. This is where it is important to learn to put your messages in a more understandable dome. If you have ever been into public speaking, then you will know that it helps you with being tactful about what you say, how you say it, and it is received.

5 Lessons for Communicating Efficiently and Professionally Through Quotes

In personal life, you might be able to look at a situation logically being at the outside of its direct impact radius, that does not mean you can put it as it to someone who is clearly in the center of everything. This helps no one, instead, it has the power to ruin, something that could have been easily solved. Sometimes you have to use your knowledge to help you navigate a situation without quoting your knowledge.

Final Thoughts

Communication might not be your strength, but it isn’t something that can’t be developed. Read books about communicating effectively. Basically, sound confident when you speak, try being concise with your words. Think about what you need to put across and mould your words to that. The words you choose should not be based on you but on the listener. Simpler the dialect, better it is perceived – fewer chances of miscommunication and misunderstanding.

When you start reading more, listening to more than just words, and writing down your thoughts – it becomes easier to communicate. To be able to give, you should learn how to receive. Communicating is a skill that is a necessity. You need to be able to put yourself out there to be seen, to be heard, and to be understood.

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17 Quotes for When You Are Having a Bad Day

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Life gets pretty tricky sometimes, and more often than not, it can leave you feeling alone, isolated, and even depressed. It is then necessary to remember that the hard times make a man, and there are always people who have experienced similar things before. Here is a list of 17 happy, joyous, and hope-filled quotes that are the perfect pick-me-up for when you’re having a bad day!

1. “Sometimes the bad things we experience in life can teach us the greatest and most valuable lessons. The bad things we experience and the bad people we meet teaches us how to be stronger, how to learn to forgive, how to have patience, how to keep a good attitude when things are difficult.” ― Jeanette Coron

2. “For every reason it’s not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded.” – Jack Canfield

3. “You have brains in your head; you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.” – Dr. Seuss

4. “Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” — Dylan Thomas

5. “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” —Ella Fitzgerald

6. “In each moment the fire rages, it will burn away a hundred veils. And carry you a thousand steps toward your goal.” — Rumi

7. “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” — William James

8. “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou

9. Life is not what happened back there or what might happen up ahead. Life is like the rhythm of the heart — every breath, every blink of the eye. It is beat by beat, moment by moment. This… is all there is. This… is all we need.” – Andy Puddycombe

10. “One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.” – Michelle Obama

11. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.” — Walt Whitman

12. “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams, and you will always look lovely.” — Roald Dahl

13. “Even a stopped clock is right twice every day. After some years, it can boast of a long series of successes.” – Marie Con Ebner-Eschenbach

14. “This too shall pass.” — translation of a Persian adage

15. “Every day, think as you wake up: Today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.” — Dalai Lama XIV

16. “Success is not final, and failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” —Winston Churchill

17. “When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray.”— Rumi

A bad day or a bad week can hit us anytime. We need to have a positive outlook on rising above the negativity. The right attitude mixed with some of the above quotes will take you through a storm.

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10 Quotes to Inspire and Guide Those Living with Chronic Pain

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Living with chronic pain isn’t easy. The many ways we adjust to life with chronic pain become second nature, although the aches and inflammation are ever demanding. The good news is, life is giving and we can find inspiration all around us to keep hope alive and move forward.

Here are some quotes – from well-known authors to real-life chronic pain sufferers who have shared their stories with To Better Days – to inspire and guide those with a chronic illness.

Chronic Pain Quotes for When You Need…

…Encouragement

  • “I’m not perfect, but if there are any points given for caring about people with every fiber of your being and giving life all you’ve got every day, then I suppose I have a shot.” – Jack Welch, business executive

Living with a painful condition is hard, but when the people we care about need us, it’s a bit more encouraging to get up every day – to be the parent or partner or friend that life calls us to be. Being optimistic within these relationships and through our pain points to just how strong we are. 

  • “Time is not a cure for chronic pain, but it can be crucial for improvement. It takes time to change, to recover and to make progress.” – Mel Pohl, author of A Day without Pain

Progress and recovery look different for everyone – and giving yourself time to heal both physically and emotionally is crucial. Remember to be gentle and patient with yourself, and to be proud of every step you take forward, no matter how small.

  • “Back pain really affects your lifestyle, but there are also things you can do to relieve your pain, and those are worth looking into too.” – Daniel, To Better Days customer

Living with pain means that we are always making adjustments to improve the quality of life. Sure, you may have grown used to your routine of pain management, but if there is something new that can help relieve your pain then it’s worth your while to try it. Take it from Daniel, who recently tried To Better Days Active Patches and found they helped him.

…Guidance

  • “I’ve always felt a huge connection to the earth and have witnessed the side effects of Western medicine, where patients sometimes take as many meds for their meds’ side effects as they do for their actual problems.” – Carole, To Better Days customer

Managing chronic pain often includes medication. Before you know it, you’re taking new meds for the side effects of your original meds. Carole reminds us that natural medicine can also be effective in treating an affected area. 

  • “Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there’s got to be a way through it.” – Michael J. Fox, actor

For example, your tennis elbow may not keep you off the court forever. If it’s physical therapy that could help, then that’s worth trying. 

  • “If you have some kind of pain, speak to somebody about it. You might be able to find support and they might be able to share their knowledge and advice about how to protect your body.” – Calvin, To Better Days customer

Sometimes our instinct tells us to keep our pain to ourselves. After all, we’ve been living with it for so long, what could be done about it now? You never know what information someone might have that could help you to heal, whether you’re looking for emotional support or tips for tendonitis pain relief. Speaking up could help you find the support system you need, whether it be emotional or physical.

…Strength

  • “We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda, author

It may take a great deal of effort to hold your chin up some days, but finding something to smile about will warm your soul and motivate you to keep moving forward.

  • “You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other and you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. Then you go about the business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.” – Elizabeth Taylor, actress

On the days that it takes an hour to get out of bed, we may grit our teeth just to do it. It doesn’t have to look pretty. What’s important is that we do it. 

  • “I had learned quickly that life doesn’t always go the way I want it to, and that’s okay. I still plod on.” – Sarah Todd Hammer, author

Life looks a little bit different for everyone, especially for those of us living with chronic pain. We make adjustments to cope with our pain, as needed – and that’s okay! Your life doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s. 

  • “You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.” – Bob Marley, musician

Our pain shows us many things: our resiliency, our ability to stay optimistic and the incredible reach of our emotional and physical strength. When we really need to dig down and find our strength, it is always there for us, time and again. 

If chronic pain is bogging you down, refresh yourself with a look at these quotes. Remember that you are not alone in your pain and solutions are out there. Keep plodding on, as Sarah Todd Hammer does. You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to keep going. 

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You Give Your Best Even When You Are Not Perfect

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Perfection is something that we often chase. We forget that being the best versions of ourselves is what matters, rather than being perfect. If you cannot be there for yourself and others in the time of need, then perfection means nothing.

I love looking at quotes and sayings. It is a great way to gather wisdom in just a few words. It also is a piece of people’s experiences. One thing that I have noticed in most quotes and sayings about being perfect is that “I am not perfect” is often followed by how people are the best otherwise.

Like they might not be perfect, but they still care a lot about people. They might not be perfect and might make mistakes, but they reach where they have to be. People care, people love, people learn, and people grow; you don’t have to be perfect to achieve these things. Here are some quotes that show you how being perfect has not been everything for many people.

  • “I’m not perfect, but if there are any points given for caring about people with every fiber of your being and giving life all you’ve got every day, then I suppose I have a shot.” – Jack Welch
  • “I make mistakes every day. I’m not perfect in my behavior, but I want to be, and that’s what God is after, a heart that wants to be.” – Joyce Meyer
  • “I will make mistakes, after all, I am not perfect, but I will do my best to make them up to you. I would never hurt you intentionally. I would not give up on you, so I hope you don’t give up on me. Sincerely, The Person that Loves You.” – Carlos Salinas
  • “I’m not perfect; no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. I think you try to learn from those mistakes.” – Derek Jeter
  • “People are not perfect… very often the relationships that are strongest are those where people have worked through big crises, but they’ve had to work through them. So the challenge to us is to work through that.” – Patricia Hewitt

Perfection looks different for everyone. We are all unique, and we have our own perspectives. Like different tastes in things, our idea of perfection differs too. Something that seems perfect to you might not be for someone else and vice versa. Learn to realize that it is okay to not fit into the idea of someone else’s “perfect.”

I talked about “why should you stop being hard on yourself” in my last post. I talked about how it was okay to be ourselves, to put ourselves first, to make mistakes, to have a bad day, and to not be perfect. When we try to be perfect, we often tend to lose out on things and experiences. We get so wound up in achieving something that might as well be unachievable, and forget to live.

“When renewing our hearts, we must be gentle with ourselves; after all, no one is perfect. At the same time, to really make positive changes, we must be honest, so we can avoid repeating mistakes.” – Ellen Miller

Chasing perfection is a futile attempt. We often chase perfection so that we can stand tall in front of society. The opinions of other people affect a lot of people, and that is usually the driving force. We want to prove ourselves to others – it can be someone who said we couldn’t do this, or it can be someone we want to be proud of ourselves. What we don’t realize is that everyone is struggling to do their bit. Everyone is under the pressure of being perfect, the irony being, none of us are.

Yes, you do not have to be perfect, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop giving your best. Always striving for the best is what keeps us on the path to perfection. Perfection is a mindset rather than an actual milestone. Strive for it, and you will always work hard to achieve it, meaning you will keep bettering your skills. Have it as an end goal, and you will miss out on all the learning.

Here are a few advantages of not chasing perfection, I have talked about them at length, but let’s take a quick look:

  1. You Feel More Happiness and Gratitude

When you stop chasing perfection, you give yourself a chance to feel happy about yourself, your work, and your efforts. Gratitude is a feeling that helps you stay humble. When you are humble, you are pleasant to work around, and you don’t let your pride or ego ruin your hard work.

  1. You Get an Optimistic Outlook on Life

When you let go of the notion of perfection, you allow yourself to relax and be proud of your achievements. This action triggers positive emotions within you, helping you become optimistic toward the next stage of your life.

  1. You Start Feeling More Confident

Giving up on the notion of ‘perfection’ lets you develop confidence in yourself and your work. So, after a little wait, when you do go for betterment, you will know that you can do it, and that will help you move faster toward your goal.

  1. You Strive to Achieve More

When you are content enough with your current accomplishment is when you can look at it objectively to understand how to be better.

  1. You Feel Content

When you let go of that perfection ideology, you free yourself from your own expectations, tying you down. You start feeling content with your life and with the pace you are going.

Actions matter more than the need to be perfect. You can think about being perfect and achieve nothing. You can work on your “imperfect,” and you will be closer to achieving perfection. We often don’t venture out of our comfort zones because we fear failure. Our fear of failure and fear of not being perfect stops us from trying new things.

“Probably the biggest thing you can do for yourself when you are trying to learn a new skill is to give yourself permission to be imperfect. You are going to make mistakes when you first start, and you may find that you goof up in embarrassing times, but that is no reason to not see it through.” – Adrienne Stevens

You can stay holed up with the fear of failure, but remember, when you do not do anything, it is a failure anyway. When you try, you have a chance of success. What’s the worst that could happen? You failing is not the worse, it means you tried something, and it didn’t work. Now you can eliminate that process and work on something that can and will work.

“Wanting to always be perfect and procrastinating on tasks you see as challenging for fear of failure to achieve perfect results is a recipe for physical and emotional problems.” – Brian Karr

Our lives aren’t perfect, but we all have the chance to make the best out of it. Life is full of opportunities, and we need to learn to embrace each new thing that crosses our path. Our mindset is what makes a day good or bad, to begin with. We can choose for it to be a good day and eventually a good life, or we can choose to dwell on our imperfections and forget to live.

Instead of chasing perfection, remember to strive for improvement and excellence. When you focus on becoming better than you were yesterday, you automatically open doors for yourself. You surround yourself with positivity – inside and out – making it a much-needed fuel to keep working toward your goal.

Final Thoughts

If you date back the quotes and all the sayings over time, you will realize that perfection isn’t what makes something worth learning and worth doing. People who have learned heaps and have tons of experience often tell you that it is okay to not be perfect, but you have to always give your best. 

Life is about striking the perfect balance between the things we do and want to do, because nothing is perfect, and there is no point crying over it. As long as you focus on the best version of yourself or the best that you can do, you can be your own definition of perfect.

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