TEN PATHWAYS TO POSITIVE SPEECH
by Lori Palatnik with Bob Burg
"GOSSIP: Ten Pathways To Eliminate It From Your Life And
Transform Your Soul" by Lori Palatnik with Bob Burg (Simcha
Gossip may be defined as
any form of communication that harms another. Gossip can
ruin lives, assassinate reputations, split families,
alienate friends and destroy businesses. On the other
hand, a gossip-free environment leads to peaceful lives,
healthier relationships, and overall prosperity.
Yes, the gift of speech is a marvelous one, depending
upon how it is used.
Would you like your words to soothe instead of sting?
Heal instead of hurt? And Build instead of burn?
Following these ten pathways will help:
#1 Speak No Evil. Say only positive statements. Let
words of kindness be on your tongue.
#2 Hear No Evil. Refuse to listen to gossip, slander and
other negative forms of speech.
#3 Don't Rationalize Destructive Speech. Excuses like
"But it's true" or "I'm only joking" or "I can tell my
spouse/friend anything" just don't cut it.
#4 See No Evil. Judge people favorably, the way you
would want them to judge you.
#5 Beware of Speaking Evil Without Saying An Evil Word.
Body language, and even positive speech can bring
#6 Be Humble; Avoid Arrogance. These will be your
greatest weapons against destructive speech.
#7 Beware Of Repeating Information. Loose lips sink
ships. Even positive information needs permission before
#8. Honesty Really Is The Best Policy - Most of the
Time. Be careful to always tell the truth unless it will
hurt others, break your own privacy or publicize your
#9 Learn to Say, "I'm Sorry." Everyone makes mistakes.
If you've spoken badly about someone, clear it up
#10. Forgive. If you have been wronged, let it go.
Try this for the next
month. The good news is, if you slip up now and then, it
only means you are human. Try again. I congratulate you
simply for making the effort.
Lori Palatnik with Bob Burg
Reproduced with permission from the Jim Rohn Weekly E-zine.