Holding your breath!

Okay, we’ve all done it. Held our breath in an attempt to show off, break a record, or to get our way with mom. Maybe you’ve done it for a minute? Two? Twenty? Okay, maybe not twenty, but you get my point.

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I just have one question, why?

  • Why do we hold our breath?
  • What is the purpose of this action?
  • Does it really ever accomplish anything?

This morning as I found myself swimming laps at the local community center I realized the value of holding our breath. We hold our breath so that when we need to we are capable to. This got me thinking, what are the - relatively – miniscule things we do that have a profound impact and influence on our communications; and how do we become intentional with them?

  • Asking questions: When asking questions becomes a lifestyle, a representation of our personality and daily action, we become more knowledgeable as communicators. Asking questions makes sure that we are not limiting our capacity to understand and grow. It also keeps us humble.

  • Taking chances: Becoming intentional about taking chances endorses a culture of innovation that spurs creativity and originality. As your ministries continue to grow and this world continues to change it’s vastly important that you are intentional about taking chances.

  • Bringing value to the table: It is important to be intentional about highlighting and explaining the value you bring to the table. Much like holding our breath, value is often lost because of the clutter and invaluable concepts we implement. Walk others through your intentions and thoughts. When we are intentional about bringing value, confusion and clutter are denied.

  • Connecting: I am a firm believer that relationships are the currency of power; in many of your ministries we call this fellowship. When it comes to communicating, understanding the value of connecting - and doing it regularly - is extremely valuable.

When we (as individuals and ministries) become intentional about these concepts and implement them within out daily lives, we will grow as communicators. I challenge you not to simply hold your breath for the lack of air, but for the expansion of your lungs. These four concepts are miniscule in nature, yes, but they also hold drastic implications towards the progression of your communications.