Some people cover up their lack of knowledge by injecting big words into their communications and conversations with other people. I hear people do this all the time. And you probably have too.
Whether you’re writing or speaking or conversing—simplicity is key.
Don’t use a word like ‘ensconced’ when you could simply say, ‘comfortable.’
This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t use complicated language at all. My view is this: focus on precision. If there’s only one word to describe what you need to describe, then use it. Even if the difference is subtle, be precise in all your communications…
But remember: the goal in any communication is not to stroke your ego, but to take whatever it is that you’ve got in your head, and transfer it into the heads (and hearts) of whomever is listening to you.
If you want to achieve anything in your life, you must be capable of communicating it well. If you tee-up a bunch of fuzzy self development goals--maybe you’ll hit them, maybe you won’t. But if you tee-up some specific goals that communicate exactly WHAT you’re after, WHY you’re after it, and HOW you’ll get there—you’ll chances of hitting your goals go up dramatically. Start now by setting one well-communicated self development goal for yourself.
- Begin by identifying specifically WHAT you want:For example, if you want to enjoy financial freedom in your life, don’t just write down “make more money,” write down “I make $100,000 a month.”
- Next, identify WHY you want it:Why do you need that $100,000 a month? Do you want to re-invest to make even more money? Do you want to contribute to society? Build schools? How will this goal serve a higher need? It’s important to have some powerful reasons why you’d like to achieve a given goal. Because, to put it plainly, if you haven’t got reasons to take action, you won’t take action.
- Finally, figure out HOW you’ll achieve your goal(s):What’s your plan of action? Setting a goal to make $100,000 a month is incredibly daunting if you’re only making $1,000 a month right now. To achieve any big goal, you need to break that it down into several smaller goals: three years from now, you’ll be making $100,000 a month. Two years from now, you’ll be at $50,000 a month. One year from now, you’ll be making $15,000 a month. Six months from now, you’ll be making $7,000 a month. Keep breaking it up until you’ve got it down to this month, then this week, and then this day. Once you’ve chunked your big goal down to several smaller goals, you’ll need to attach some proportionate actions to each of them and adjust you plans along the way.