Words. Yes, very simple words, have a dramatic influence on our lives and the lives around us. If we choose to carefully focus on the words we use, we can impact the internal self-talk that dictates our attitudes and the external motivation we verbally give to others.
To take things to the next level, recognizing how our thoughts transform into words is where it starts.
“Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits for they become character. Watch your character for it becomes your destiny” – Mahatma Gandhi
Words can be positive or negative, happy or sad, exciting or boring. Words can heal or cut, inspire or discourage, energize or deaden. Words can empower or limit. Words cannot do both simultaneously.
We sometimes fall short of recognizing the simple yet profound power of words in our everyday dialogues. When we ignore the weight of words, we may unintentionally be brought down. Many individuals limit themselves with a limited vocabulary. Instead, we can control the electricity of our energy by choosing words with oomph!
For example, when asked, “How is your day?” we can choose to respond:
- “Okay.” vs. “Good!”
- “Good.” vs. “Wonderful!”
- “It’s just another day.” vs. “It’s an outstanding day!”
The reality may be that you are actually feeling just okay when asked about your day. Staying mindful of the goal is key. If being the best versions of ourselves is a daily motivator, then how we shape our day through our word choice is crucial. We can change the way we think right on the spot if we are conscious about our words.
Try saying, “I’m doing excellent, thank you!” when asked about your day. You’ll likely see an immediate positive response in the dialogue. Triggering your mind to respond differently will help you begin to train your actions from your words which stem from your thoughts. You’ll become what you think and say you are. Words are that powerful! At the same time, you’ll help others around you become conscious of positivity, breaking what could be a very boring and repetitious day for others. You are that powerful!
Other word choices to think about include:
- “Problems” vs “Challenges”
- “Failures” vs “Learning Experiences”
- “Demands” vs “Suggestions”
2 STEP CHALLENGE:
- Make a list of 5-10 words that you often use, and then take things up a notch by writing new, more electric words for your go-to vocabulary!
- The next 3 times someone asks you how you’re doing, choose to say something different than your usual response. Catch them off guard! Surprise them with your attitude! Break your own as well as their own repedative thought process. And watch them smile in response.
If we want to increase the quality of our lives, let’s start with the words we choose each and every day!