I’ve known my next guest writer for a few years now, I’m pretty sure we first met at a blogging conference. 🙂 She is a fabulous writer… a Television & Radio News Editor you know! I had the privilege of getting to know her even better while working over the Christmas holidays on Microsoft’s #HolidaySwap Challenge together.
She is one of the most genuine and nice people I know.
Please give a warm welcome to Christy!!!
Words have power, especially the words you use when you talk to yourself or about yourself.
Think about it.
What do you say to yourself when no one else can hear? Are you kind to yourself? Do you give yourself a hard time?
Think about it.
Words do have power, especially when you believe them.
It is important to speak a language that inspires, that empowers and energizes. I am the first person to admit that it can be hard. I am often my worst critic and enemy. I do not always speak kindly to myself, that inner voice that speaks to me about just about everything and anything. It can be hard to silence that voice. Sometimes it is not so quiet. We all have that inner voice. Sometimes it can really help but it can also really hurt us, especially when it gets nasty.
I have written about the power of thoughts before on my blog. Thoughts have real power when you give over control to them. I truly believe if you think negative thoughts and start to believe those negative thoughts they can have a real impact on your life and the choices you make every day. If you think positive thoughts they will bring you positive things in your life.
I have to remind myself often to use words that empower and inspire. It doesn’t take much to make a shift in the way you talk and think. Here are just a few ways I remind myself.
1. Post It and Believe It.
I like to write myself notes. Yes, actually with pen on paper! I am old school! You can also send yourself emails if that works better for you. Either way it is all about sending yourself positive thoughts, encouragement and words, things like “You are smart”, “You are loved.”
2. List It.
Create a list of powerful words or phrases that inspire you and when you are struggling with that negative inner voice then just pull out that go-to-list of empowering words. Remember to keep the list handy.
3. Commit To It.
Make a commitment to yourself that you are NOT going to use certain words you know are just negative and do nothing to empower you. Now, tells others about your commitment and by declaring it to the world you will be more likely to stick to it and they will likely hold you to it!
So, remember your words and thoughts have power, why waste them on the negative when the positive ones have so much more value in your life!
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I am a working mom that is like every other working mom…busy, busy, busy. I am home with my two girls during the day, and work in the media in the evening. Oh and in my free time (ha ha, wink, wink) I am a freelance writer, blogger and part time college instructor.
Why isn’t there enough hours in the day? Anyone have an answer for that one?
Great post…words can hurt or help…We need to use them to help…Especially when it comes to ourselves…Well Said..
thanks! We do need to be kind to ourselves…
Such a powerful and important post. I really wish I was kinder to myself. It is so difficult to change your ways sometimes.
It is hard to change the tone of that inner voice. I still struggle with it BUT it is easier to change once you are aware of what is wrong. I work at it every single day
Words satisfy the mind as much as fruit does the stomach;
good talk is as gratifying as a good harvest.
Words kill, words give life;
they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.
Love this!!!!! So true!