I love this question because it aims directly at values and productivity. I argue that whatever you enjoy in life tends to prevails in your dialogue.
So what do you talk about?
This is a double edge question because hopefully it’s about things you are passionate about. AND those things hopefully gravitate around fruitful goals, family, health, learned wisdom, gratitude, and your connection to God.
What’s not ideal conversation? Gossip.
Gossip shows your lack of substance and creativity. I encourage you to closely analyze your circle of friends (trusted agents) and determine if your conversation slips into gossip or is it productive in nature. Be attentive so that if it does slip into a realm of destruction (rather than production) to stop it immediately and change the conversation’s direction.
As you express your goals and victories you will attract like minded people and you will certainly form bonds that have deeper ties because encouragement will be the expectation when you interface.
Just some food for thought. What are your thoughts?
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