Updated: Jun 24
Words Have Power
Our words are powerful, and they can build or destroy. Words shape our thoughts and fuel our beliefs. Because words influence our day-to-day lives, we must be careful of certain words and phrases that can ruin our thought life and leave us feeling negative and depressed. We have to focus on words that build and empower.
Our society is plagued with negative speech. Negative words and phrases can be harmful to our human psyche. They manifest in our thoughts and behaviors, and we can see their effects on society and our personal lives.
The point is this...
The point is to be honest with ourselves and eliminate any words or phrases that do not add value to our lives. We must treat words like they matter. You must treat words like food; if a word is not empowering, then it is time to remove it from the menu so that you or another person won't eat it. We are what we eat literally.
We must be careful because the people around us are also affected by what we say. We should never want to discourage anyone around us or make them feel bad. Our words should encourage, build up and inspire.
Many of the words we use daily are harmful, and we should aim to replace them with more positive ones. A recent study showed that our moods have declined over the years, and we suffer from more depression and anxiety than ever before. One reason for this could be the negativity in our own language.
The way we speak to each other and the way we talk to ourselves desperately needs improving overall. It all starts within. If we change our self-talk, we can change how we speak to others. Using more positive words can help improve our mood and help create a more positive mindset.
Renew Your Mind
Changing the way we speak can often be a slow process. Our words come directly from the culture we live in. It can be challenging to break bad habits and change our daily language, but it is possible. We should strive daily to make small changes in our personal language.
We want to encourage and join you in making these changes. If we start by eliminating just 5 phases, it will become more manageable, and we will become better at using our words to produce the results we want in our lives.
The First is - "Have to."
Have to.... is a phrase that we should avoid using. These words are used to express an obligation or necessity. We can use other words to express this meaning without creating a strong sense of dread and responsibility within.
As soon as we say we have to do something, our brain begins to search for reasons not to do it. When we feel like we have to do something, our bodies can have a negative physical response. It can feel as if our freedom has been taken away. When we feel this type of pressure, our brains go into flight, and we begin to search for other things to do.
No one wants to feel anxiety and stress simply because they have things to do. This is why we often suffer from the plague of procrastination. Instead of describing something that needs to get done by saying "I have to," simply say, "I Get To."
You will be surprised at how your brain reacts when you say, "I GET To." It feels more like an opportunity or a privilege than a heavy load of responsibility. "I get to"changes our mood and puts us in a gratitude mindset.
The Second word or Phrase to eliminate is "But."
The word "but" is full of excuses. When we add, but after a sentence, it allows us to remove ourselves from responsibility. It negates everything that comes before it. It sets us up for failure and lets us off the hook. "But" is a word that can manipulate people because it confuses the intent.
Using "but" often fills our speech with excuses and loopholes and clouds our real objective. It projects doubt about what we're saying. A person may follow our train of thought up until that point and then dismiss everything we said after hearing "But."
Using "But" can also lead to a destructive cycle of not keeping your word to others or to yourself. Instead of saying "but," just make a true statement. No, "Buts"! It will provide a clear path to success and remove all doubt. It will make your intentions clear and precise.
Having clear intentions eliminates distraction by igniting a feeling of purpose. Purpose represents leadership, and leadership is respected. No more "Buts," only clear intentions, clarity, and purpose.
The Third word or Phrase is "I Can't."
When you use the word I can't, it simply means that you won't. This is a word that should not even exist in our vocabulary because there is nothing that we cant do. It is a disempowering word and projects doubt and failure.
As soon as the words "I can't" leave our lips, they stifle our potential and limit our abilities. Instead of "I Can't," just say "I will." When you speak "I Will," your brain produces the momentum needed to complete the task.
Your body will respond to such confidence, and it will start to move in the direction of your spoken word. You will be surprised at what you can accomplish if only you believe you can.
Another word to remove from our daily vocabulary is "Might."
Might is full of doubt and uncertainty and makes us seem wishy-washy. It even leaves room for someone to think we are dishonest or untrustworthy. The people In our lives want to count on us and believe that our words mean something.
So, refrain from saying I might. Say "Yes" I will or "No" I will not." Sometimes we use "I might" because we are afraid to say No. Don't be! People will respect your decision even if they don't like your response.
The word "No" never killed a soul.
They will survive..... and you will feel better when you allow yourself to stand in your truth and be authentic.
The word "Try" is another word that represents doubt and lacks confidence.
It makes us appear as if we don't have what it takes to get things done. It means that we are wavering in our ability to accomplish something, and nobody will trust us if we don't trust ourselves.
We must take ownership over what's in front of us. Let's commit to replacing "I'll try" with "I can." It will set us up for success and tell our brains that it's time to get to work. "I Can" means that we are secure and confident in our abilities. Even if we have to solicit help, it still projects confidence in our ability to get things done, even if we have to delegate.
To Sum It all up!
These five words and phrases are just the beginning of our attempt to use our words more positively and productively. Our self-monologue on a day-to-day basis is very important. We have power over our thoughts and speech. We must take control back and use our language to create a better day, week, month, and year for ourselves and the people around us.
The Ink Journey
We want to encourage you to write in your journal daily. That is what this journey is all about. Write about your desire to change your self-talk. Replace negative words with empowering ones that will uplift you and inspire you.
Journaling allows you the opportunity to practice imputing new words into daily use. Writing our affirmations repeatedly in our journals will help solidify the positive change in our thought life. Let's practice the words that make us feel good and come up with them more daily and consistently. We are all in this together and can change our lives and the world one word at a time.
Journaling allows you the opportunity to practice imputing new words into daily use. Writing our affirmations repeatedly in our journals will help solidify the positive change in our thought life. Let's practice the words that make us feel good and come up with even more. We must search for new empowering words daily and consistently. We are all in this together, and we can change our lives and the world one word at a time.