Words are powerful because they shape our thoughts, determine our actions, and chart the course of our lives. This is true whether the words are positive, giving hope and encouragement, or negative utterances that steal our joy and confidence.
Wherever we are in our lives, personal relationships, or our careers, the words we have used consistently are partly responsible.
This fact can prompt us to become more aware of our words, and when needed, to change them, so that we can begin to get the results we really desire.
Recently, during a particularly challenging period, I discovered that I was using some of the following words far too often to get the favorable results I wanted:
The use of this word is responsible for countless hopes and dreams lying dormant on the drawing boards of our lives. Completely eliminate your use of this word and you will see your life change for the better.
When used as a conjunction, but negates what ever statement precedes it. I want to study medicine, but it will take a lot of hard work. Your mind doesnt focus on your desire to be a doctor or nurse; it only focuses on the hard work you need to put forth. Replace this word with and.
Any statement that uses the word should elicits guilt. I should have gone to the gym, makes you feel guilty for not going. Replace this word with choose, as in, I chose not to go to the gym because There is no such thing as should it is or it isnt.
This word indicates indecision, doubt, or uncertainty as to a course of action. For example: Maybe, Ill better wait to for those of us interested in personal development, choose to use maybe sparingly. Replace this word with I will or Will not.
Both of these words are indefinite in referring to time, it also shows a lack of commitment. Replace with a definite time or date.When someone tells you he or she is going to do something soon or later there is no way to determine when whatever it is will get done. Imagine what can happen to deadlines and you integrity when the words soon or later are used frequently.
This word, like soon or later, is too indefinite, and when it is used, it shows the same lack of commitment. Replace with a definite time or date.
These words are absolutes. There are only limited circumstances when never or always is absolutely true. The use of these words, in my opinion, suggests a closed mind, and personal growth is seriously hindered when never or always is used on a regular basis. Replace these words with a non-absolute term.
The word wont implies an unwillingness, reluctance, or closed mindedness, and, like never, it is quite harmful to our personal development or self-growth efforts. Using the word wont” closes the door on many of the action steps needed to advance our goal.
This is a small word that carries large doubts and uncertainties, and when used often, it gnaws away at our confidence and intended actions, two qualities necessary for any type of success.
I dont know about you, but each time someone has said these words to me, or when I have used them in conversations with others, whatever the subject of Ill try, was, it rarely got done. Replace this word with I will.
Give these words serious thought before they are used in our self talk, conversations we have with others, or the written word.
We must remember this: Our words affect our thoughts, our actions and ultimately our lives, and because of their power, we must choose them with the utmost care.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Barbara J. Henry is a published author, (Journaling: Twenty Plus Reasons Why You Should Start Now), personal development expert, and avid reader of books on self-growth, self-help, and spirituality, which are the subjects of her blogs. Barbara has journaled daily since June of 1995, and as a result, she describes herself as the journaling lady.
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