You can learn a lot just by listening to yourself. Listen not only to the words you actually say, usually to others, but also to the words you use in your inner dialog. When you speak about yourself, your creative life, and the works you produce, the words you use can be very revealing. They mean something to you. You chose them. Often you do this without realizing it and once you do new depths become open to you.
Ask yourself …
Do you keep repeating specific words?
Do you use different words that all point to similar meanings, orientations, or attitudes?
Do the words you use share common concerns?
Do you tend to use more nouns (things), verbs (actions), or adjectives and adverbs (qualities)?
Do you tend to speak actively or passively?
Do you tend to speak in the past, present, or future tense?
It’s best if your observations about the words you use are made without judgment. Simply make observations. It can be helpful to expand your statements; say more to describe it better and find its connections to other things. After that, it can help to distill it all back down to what’s most important. If you do this you’ll feel freer, clearer, and more energized.
Becoming more aware of your concerns and attitudes will ultimately help you make more considered choices about your actions, reactions, emotional responses, and even self-image.
This newfound awareness can be used to inform the images you make, how you make them, the images you select, how you sequence them, how you process them, and how you present them.
Thinking too much about the words you use while you’re using them can get in the way. When this happens, record yourself and listen to it later.
It only takes one important observation to make the practice of observing how you speak extremely worthwhile – sometimes it leads to breakthroughs.
I recommend you make this a constant practice to savor the qualities of your everyday experiences that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.