Words are symbols that carry meaning, form ideas, establish beliefs, and influence behaviors. Words create thoughts. Thoughts are energy. This energy can lift you up, or it can bring you down. It affects your body, mind, and spirit.
The self-talk in our heads can be the fuel that powers our personal growth engines, or it can be the roadblock that makes us feel stuck, or undeserving of greatness. The thoughts we share with others can be even more powerful. The right spoken or written words have an extraordinary impact on both the sender and the receiver.
For these reasons, the words we choose, for ourselves and others, come with great responsibility. When a teacher says to a student, “I appreciate you…you inspire me to be here every day” – it usually triggers a smile…from both people.
When we look at our significant other in the eyes to sincerely say “I’m sorry” – it usually warms both hearts.
When we receive help from friends during tough times and say “thank you for doing this, it means a lot” – we create an energetic spark that strengthens the bond.
Words create memories that we don’t forget.
Sometimes the right words, at the right time, make us realize possibilities. This can lead to purposeful action, which can deliver amazing results that were previously unimaginable. Kids are especially impressionable. The words we say to them can literally shift their thinking and open their minds. If positive ones are repeated, positive beliefs are established. Then, it’s a gift that keeps giving.
Each of us has the ability to share these little gifts, but, like most healthy habits, it requires practice. It’s progress over perfection. We all make mistakes. The wise ones learn from them, and help others avoid them.
The first step is to be mindful of the power of words. Think encouraging ones about the person standing in the mirror.