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Bill Lewis: Thinking Before Speaking

Posted by Orrin Woodward on December 29, 2012

Bill Lewis, my good friend and LIFE Founder, shares his wisdom on thinking and speaking. It’s almost 2013 and this is the time of year that people set New Year’s resolutions. What areas of life do you want to change next year? Bill’s thoughts on thinking before speaking would greatly improve the relationships in your life and business. I know that pausing before speaking is one of the biggest areas I work on everyday. In fact, before blurting out anything, I ask myself – is it worth it? If the outcome for saying the remark is detrimental then why say it? Bill shares many key nuggets in this short video that relate to this. The LIFE Business is your personal wisdom developing machine if you will apply the principles being taught. Remember, principles are proven through performance, so you will know its a good principles by the changes in relationships and results you see. 2013 is going to be a great year for LIFE and I pray it’s a great year for you!


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36 Responses to “Bill Lewis: Thinking Before Speaking”

  1. titi said

    Now that is wisdom. thank you for sharing.

  2. M. Fitzgerald said

    My mother always told us girls to think before we speak. As I grew older, I realized the value in her words plus realized that thinking before I react is an extension of this concept. I frequently remind myself “breathe through your nose” (thank you Tim Marks) before I speak! Gives me just enough time to choose my words and reactions with care. Treat everything and everyone with grace and life is so much better!

  3. chris volkmann said

    Thanks Orrin a very good new years resolution and great timing for Lisa and I. Happy new year.

  4. Beth said

    This is so true, Bill! Thank you for sharing and reminding me how important and necessary it is to think before speaking! It would do me good to play this clip first thing every morning!!!

  5. M. James said

    Wow! Not only bringing food for thought about something we already know, but also backed by the Bible AND a direction to focus when in a situation that can test your interpersonal skills! Thanks

  6. Mike Samuelson said

    Another timely post, great time to reflect on things that may be said or promised in upcoming weeks.
    Great video

  7. jimmy varghese said

    wow. figured that out a 2 years ago, that i had 2 ears and one mouth! thanks for sharing this orrin! another reminder that listening is an essential trait of a leader!

  8. Reyna Zimmer said

    So good. This is something we need to work on. Just think if we all applied this information in our marriage alone? What a difference we would see. This communication information is key to all relationships.

  9. Tammy Darling said

    Great info and something I have to work on daily! Thanks Orrin !!! 🙂

  10. Mike Schwendinger said

    Great message. Always enjoy reading you blog.

  11. Terry said

    Orrin, Bill is such a great communicator. What great perspective on Ephesians!

  12. J & P Harteis said

    We really valued Bill’s talk the first time we heard it, Orrin! This is another reminder of the power of words — once spoken, they can never be pulled back in. We so need to use them to build up, not tear down! Thanks for sharing this, especially as we begin another new year!

  13. Dean Strube said

    How true I am reminded far to often when I speak before thinking of how big a deal this is. Thanks for the checkup

  14. Matt Mielke said

    Bill has become one of my favorite speakers/teachers. I know Bill has worked on and implemented the principles in his life and therefore, in my opinion, is qualified to speak on the topic in the video. Just think, Bill wouldn’t be the leader he is today unless he tied into the LIFE leadership and self-directed education so many years ago. Matt

  15. robert wilcox said

    Thanks for sharing Orrin! This talk made me awestruck because it hit home in soo many areas. First it made sense to some areas of how i grew up and why you feel like someone “won’t listen to you” I now know that we have to get through the layers(relationship?) before we can be on the same page. I think this is something alot new but it was more subconscious …at least for me. thanks for sharing!!

  16. J.J. said

    Awesome stuff

  17. BILL LEWIS IS AMAZING! His teaching is full of depth. I can tell he puts a lot of time and effort into whatever he speaks about. Thanks for all you do Bill! (Your talk on Layers has been life changing for many! )

  18. Scott Stevens said

    Orrin, thanks for posting this excellent clip from Bill. It reminds me of the latest blog posting from Marc Militello (http://marcmilitello.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-teacher-brought-ten-gallon-aquarium.html)on the “Blue Dye Effect”. Both great reminders to think BEFORE we speak.

  19. Moshe Deutsch said

    Wow that’s deep thanks Orrin in Bill for sharing and we are so thankful that we have the privilege to share this info, and to all of u a healthy and wealthy year, we really feel this is our year.

  20. What a GREAT short video reminder of such powerful principles in human relations.

    I know I have violated these principles numerous times and know I will continue to error in the future. My goal is to minimize my violations and show grace when those principles are violated towards me. My hope is that more of society could hear these lessons and apply it to their family, friendships and work associates. I believe the world would be better for it. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

  21. Robert Daley said

    Thank you Orrin for the reminder of “thinking before you speak”….. I try to improve on this daily….. I have often heard through the Team/Life business that it is often easier to be reminded than it is to be taught …..I think this must be true……
    God bless

  22. John HATCHELL said

    Wonderful, grace with passion I’m working on it Thank You!!

  23. Chris Beaubien said

    I appreciate Bill Lewis taking the time to put this talk together to serve the team. So many powerful key principles we can begin applying to our lives now. Its going to be a great 2013!

  24. Elizabeth Sieracki said

    What a perfect reminder especially during the holidays. Being with family possibly more than normal tends to add some stress which can then lead to words being shared that you may wish you wouldn’t have.
    I like what Orrin said, “Is it worth it?”
    I must put this into practice.

  25. Adam Rosman said

    I used to be the type that would blurt the first thing that came to my mind, trying to sound smart or witty. I didn’t notice that many of the things I said were demeaning or insulting. This one principle has helped me make friends quicker and keep them longer. I am very fortunate to have come across books through the Life business that helped me open my eyes to this and to find people to encourage me and help me eliminate the tough areas in my life and build the strengths to do some of the things I’ve always wanted.

  26. Maura Galliani said

    Since I started my self-directed education toward self-improvement, I (very Sanguine) have been working on being aware that I have TWO ears and only ONE mouth! Thus, I especially embrace Ben Franklin’s virtue of SILENCE: “speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversations.” You are correct, Orrin, in asking yourself, “Is it worth it?” before blurting something out. Bill Lewis did a great job of reminding us of the importance of listening. Happy New Year! 🙂

  27. Patrice Caldwell said

    Thank you Orrin. That is a great principal to always be focused on. “Think before you speak”. I know that Bill and Jackie Lewis are the best to learn from when learning to to have grace with people. They constantly show they care by their encouraging words. We very much appreciate all Bill and Jackie do. Happy New Year!

  28. cody newton said

    Bill really captures a choleric greatest liability, his tongue. thanks for the reminder

  29. This was great! Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, George Guzzardo, Claude Hamilton, Bill Lewis, Dan Hawkins, and Tim Marks have such great blogs! I love the information being taught in the LIFE business. Can’t wait to hear about the new PC’s and RT’s in the coming months! Thank you!

  30. Jonathan Fowler said

    That was awesome! I know I need to focus more energy on this one area of myself than all others. Thanks for making so many great points Bill!

  31. Juleen Ray said

    Thanks for sharing!!!

  32. Hilary Dorr said

    Thanks for the reminder!

  33. Bob Rasmussen said

    The power of our words is amazing, I too need constant reminder and work in this area. Thx Orrin and Bill

  34. I love this post! Thanks for the post Orrin and thanks Bill for the principles.

  35. WOW! Thank you for the wisdom and encouragement, Bill!

  36. Kim Decker said

    Yes this is so true…very few people give grace anymore nad always speek more than they listen…a lesson I also had and still learning…

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