Words have power
Powerful, positive, and beautiful words can heal and uplift. When spoken with truth, your words have the ability to change lives. Think about how you communicate. Your words can encourage people to achieve greatness. Your words can support and even heal someone’s suffering. Your words can nurture, nourish, and inspire your children.
Sadly, emotions like hatred, fear, anger, frustration, and resentment can be expressed and fuelled by words. Whether words are written or spoken, they have the power to break and destroy healthy environments, as well as relationships.
It is vital to always speak your truth, but we must be mindful about what we say and how we say it. Your words can change everything.
React or respond
If you react and then respond to a situation with really destructive words, the implications can be overwhelming and soul destroying for the recipient. It is extremely easy to put voice to our feelings and thoughts; however, it takes control, strength, and absolute integrity to express ourselves in a positive way no matter the situation. Stop and take a breath before you speak when you are stressed.
Be responsible for your words
Really think about the fact that your words hold incredible power both positively and negatively. Everything that is expressed verbally has the power to influence and change the lives of all you share your world with. It is your choice to use words that inspire or destroy. Once said, your words cannot be retracted.
Mind your language
Choose to speak only words that are positive, loving, healing, inspiring, and uplifting. Positive words will transform your life and the lives of those around you. You can create an environment of positive energy right now. Pay attention to your language.’
Positive self-talk is a vital step in building self-esteem. It is a phenomenal strategy for change. Some of the greatest athletes in the world use positive self-talk to help them achieve their biggest goals. The thing is you do not actually need to be a gold medallist to use this strategy. Anyone can do it!
More often than not, it is so routine to speak negatively about yourself that you are completely unaware of how frequently you do it. You may not even be aware that you are doing it. I wonder if, for the next twenty-four hours, you would take the time to pay attention to your thoughts and also take notice of how you speak about yourself?
What kind of internal dialogue are you running? Furthermore, are you verbalizing it?
Your inner critic
Pay attention to how often your inner critic is active. By taking note of any negative self-talk, this will begin the necessary process of interrupting this destructive habit.
If you speak negatively about yourself, and as you pay more attention to how often this is happening, start asking yourself the following questions:
- Would I speak to my best friend like this?
- Would I speak to someone I loved like this?
- Can I change the situation that is making me feel so down?
- Am I actively taking positive steps towards feeling better?
- What resulted from saying something so negative to myself?
Take notice of your self-talk. If your inner critic is loud and out of control, it is time to silence that negative voice in your head. Negative self-talk can influence your self-esteem, your outlook on life, your energy levels, your relationships, and even your health.
Make a commitment to quit the negative self-talk. Just like any toxic bad habit, you can decide to stop this behaviour. It may take time, perseverance, attention, and strength to quit negative self-talk completely because for many of us it has become so deeply ingrained, it is second nature. Once you are aware that you are doing it, understand that you will need to keep interrupting yourself and your thoughts to stop it altogether. Becoming aware of this behaviour is the key to quitting.