Have you ever had the situation where you have been thinking about something and maybe visioning about something for a long period of time? Then in a conversation with an individual or group, you start sharing those thoughts. I have recently experienced this and there is always for me a period of wondering if I should have kept those thoughts silent. You see, once the thoughts become words expressed out loud, then they lay there waiting for something to be done with them. Those thoughts are now in the minds of other people.
I think that there is value in what happens when thoughts become words. Depending on the nature of the thoughts, by expressing them to someone else in words, it allows me to evaluate the validity of the thoughts. Is this just a pie-in-the-sky type of thinking or is there some concrete possibilities? It provides opportunity to hear how others perceive those thoughts and help identify the strengths and opportunities of the ideas.
A drawback to letting your thoughts become words is now others will be observing you to see what you will do with the thoughts and ideas that you expressed. This can create some pressure on you to follow through. But it also can serve as some accountability for you to no longer just be thinking about something but actually doing something.
When thoughts become words the only question left to ask is: So what are you going to do about it?