Ideas are dangerous, and so must be communicated

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America is the embodiment of an idea communicated.

Tomorrow is July 4, a day that Americans celebrate the Declaration of Independence. We call it Independence Day, but the reality is there were five years of war yet to come before a treaty was signed granting independence. Stop and think about that: it means we celebrate not the achievement of independence, but its declaration.

That’s appropriate, I think. Just because you declare something doesn’t mean you will be successful, of course. However, until you formulate an idea concretely enough to clearly express it, you don’t have enough of a focus to be able to achieve and maintain anything.

It’s partly about communicating your intentions to others, but it’s mostly about communicating with yourself.

What idea do you need to focus and solidify so you can act on it?

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Author: Donn King

Donn King works with people who want to forge top-notch speaking skills to increase their influence and impact so they can advance their career or business. He is associate professor of communication studies at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as a speaker and writer. His background includes ministry, newspaper, radio, small magazines and other publications, as well as co-authoring a textbook and blogging.