In the beginning there was the word. The word distinguishes us from other animals. It allows us not only to communicate danger (animals are able to do this too), but language allows us to communicate our deepest desires. It allows us to write book and emails. Language allows us to talk on TV and the phone, reaching people around the world.
Language also reflects how we view ourselves. Whether we love or hate ourselves is revealed in the use of a single word, a turn of phrase.
The problem is we are largely asleep to the language we use.
We talk and talk, but rarely listen to what we say.
“I can never do that, there are others more qualified.”
“I can’t go to that party, my ex will be there and make me feel uncomfortable.”
“Why did you make me mad?”
Each statement reflects the pain of not feeling good enough, of rejection and being out of control, respectively.
Words not only reflect our inner self, they are the mortar to our beliefs. Each word of fear and pain reinforces the feeling.
There is good news here. Words have the power to create.
Words create your feelings, beliefs, attitude, experience and view of yourself. Words are the spark that ignites your actions. Or inaction.
Words are the thread with which you weave the tapestry of your life.
Choose your words carefully. Listen to yourself. Your words matter. Be vigilant. Correct yourself mid-sentence.
Need more confidence? Change your choice of words.
Want more love in your life? Change your words.
Want respect? Change your words.
To be clear, I’m talking about your inner and outer words.
The words you converse with. The words that fill your head. They all matter.