When you have talked yourself into what you want, stop talking and begin saying it with your actions.

Persuading yourself that you can do something is a strong beginning. Next develop a sound plan and get into action. The longer you delay, the harder it will be to begin. Seldom is a plan perfect. If you have a clear vision of your goal and a plan that is flexible enough to allow you to deal with unexpected obstacles or take advantage of unforeseen opportunities, don’t delay another minute. Just getting into action — even if you do have to make adjustments later — will help focus your mind and channel your energies in the direction of your objective.

WORD OF THE DAY August 29, 2018

taciturn Audio pronunciation
adjective | TASS-uh-tern
: temperamentally disinclined to talk
Did You Know?
Taciturn shows up in English in the first half of the 18th century. James Miller, a British clergyman educated at Oxford, gives an early example of its use in his 1734 satiric drama, wherein a character describes a nephew with the following: "When he was little, he never was what they call Roguish or Waggish, but was always close, quiet, and taciturn." It seems we waited unduly long to adopt this useful descendent of the Latin verb tacēre, meaning "to be silent"; we were quicker to adopt other words from the tacēre family. We’ve been using tacit, an adjective meaning "expressed without words" or "implied," since at least the mid-17th century. And we’ve had the noun taciturnity, meaning "habitual silence," since at least the mid-15th century.

Examples of TACITURN
"The waiter, previously friendly and good-humored, was tonight solemn and taciturn."
Taylor Stevens, The Informationist, 2011

"One was taciturn and steady; the other was volatile and virtuosic. When Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe met in the Wimbledon singles final in 1980, they provided a compelling study in contrasts, both in personality and playing style."
Andrew R. Chow, The New York Times, 5 July 2018

Word Family Quiz
Unscramble the letters to create a synonym of taciturn that is also derived from the Latin verb tacēre: IETRENTC.