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fascinating thing about Spartans was that they had a very laconic style in their culture which reflects true self discipline, they never said two words where only one is needed. They never shot off at the mouth, never overshared, never droned on, nor bloviated.
If we incorporate similar characteristics in our daily lives, then you'll find yourself more focused and you will be able to see the world around you with a different mindset.
An expert on speaking also knows when not to do so.
In today's world, if you end up explaining yourself to everyone for whatever reason, then it will surely have a great impact on your focus and mind. To overcome this and achieve the mental peace much needed for your life, you need to ignore every provocation and choose silence over unnecessary words, which are better left unsaid.
Robert Greene said, "Powerful people impress and intimidate people by saying less."
The irony here is that power grants individuals the freedom to say whatever, whomever, and wherever they want, but choosing not to do so reflects true self-discipline.
At times throughout your day, you may think you need to clarify yourselves, explain someone something, or explain yourselves.
But the truth is you do not need to verbalize any thoughts. You don't have to always give your opinions - especially when it's not solicited. Just because there is a pause doesn't mean you have to fill it.
Just because everyone else is talking doesn't mean you have to jump in. You can use the silence to your advantage. You can wait & see. You can decide not to speak through words at all & let your work speak for you.
Keeping silence in your routine can bring the peace of mind you may greatly need to perform your daily activities. When you talk, it should really matter, whenever you say something, it should mean something.
Let everyone wish you talked more. Let them wonder what you're thinking. Let the words you speak carry extra weight precisely because they are rare.
You can listen more than you talk. You can speak only when you're certain it's not better left unsaid. Over time you'll find yourself calm and more focused on things that matter in reality and it will greatly reflect in your personality.
Remember : free speech is a right, not an obligation. Two ears, one mouth, Zeno would remind his students. Respect that ratio properly.
In the beginning, you'll find yourself making much fewer embarrassing mistakes than before. As you know, you've thought it through whenever you're saying something. Over time, it will automatically reflect in your personality a level of maturity that most people aspire to but can't achieve, as this is not something easy to incorporate into your daily life. But once you do learn to do this, you'll be able to focus to an extent, which most people just cannot achieve.
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