Intent of the Day: Say What You Mean


Feeling misunderstood? Sometimes that happens because others aren’t listening. But it can also happen when we aren’t fully saying what we mean. Our words, our commitments, our attention can be so vague and non-committal and, while that serves a certain purpose, it can often leave us feeling disconnected and not fully ourselves. So today, our intent is to say what we mean. Our honest feelings. Our realest opinions. Our worries and concerns, our joys and our hopes.

You too? Here are 3 resources to help:


  • These words of wisdom about the importance of knowing what you think and saying it out loud:

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
-Coco Chanel

“This is slavery, not to speak one’s thought.”
-Euripides, The Phoenician Women

“Speak clearly, if you speak at all;
carve every word before you let it fall.”
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


  • These tips for assertive communication from InnerSelf
    We’ve learned that we should be telling the truth but that doesn’t necessarily mean we know how to do that. We loved these tips for moving in that direction when it comes to speaking out what’s happening internally including lines of dialogue that might help you make clear (and hopefully non-threatening or scary) statements.

What are your tips and experiences with telling the truth and being assertive?