What was your “First Word”? You won’t remember saying it, but no doubt your parents were very excited with whatever it was, and likely recorded it in your baby book. That first word was a milestone in your development. As toddlers, moms implore us to “Use your words” instead of whine. Scores of spelling bees, comprehension exams and essay tests later, our vocabulary expands to an average of 15,000 words by the time we’re adults. Guess what? We only use about a tenth of those words regularly — and there are some 750,000 words in the English language.
Learning language is one of the most important life skills we ever develop. Using it appropriately is even more vital. Words have immense power. They can create or destroy. The old saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” has to be one of the biggest lies ever told. The rhyme may have good intentions, to help children not let unsolicited opinions of others hurt their feelings – but in reality, the phrase does us all a disservice. Whether spoken by us or to us, words CAN hurt us – unless we learn to use them well.
Any time you write a goal or affirmation, give consideration to the words you use when composing them. There is hidden power in words that can either accelerate or stall your progress. That hidden power is tied to the emotions that words elicit when read, spoken or heard.
For example, how do you feel with these words: death, dying, pain, anger, sickness, disgust, filth, fear, hate. Research theories suggest there is a measurable decrease in energy levels in association with such words. Conversely, consider these words: joy, happiness, peace, comfort, health, clean, clear, hope, love. Do you feel your energy level rise with positive expressions? The feelings that words emote affect your efforts. So, how can you use your words to benefit your life?
Five Tips for Powerful Statements
- Say what you WANT (not what you don’t want). Any time you have a negative word or a not in your statement, you’ll create a knot in the energy. Be clear about your desires.
- Flip it. There is usually an alternate way to say the same thing. Do you want to “get out of debt” or “be financially free” ? Technically, the statements have the same meaning, but emotionally, the impact is entirely different.
- Test the tense. If you say you will be doing something in 2016, you always “will be” doing it in the future. Bring your statements into the here and now. Say, “I am …” in present tense.
- Give it life. Using descriptive words that fill the senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch) will enliven the statement and empower your vision for receiving it.
- It’s great to be grateful! Expressing gratitude is the fastest way to raise your energy and put you on the path to receiving your request. Being thankful for what you have attracts more of it to you.
Writing a strong affirmation doesn’t have to be hard. Rather, “creating a powerful statement is simple” when you Make a Choice to use your words with care. This is true when you speak anytime, anywhere.
What do you have to say about that? Feel free to share your insights here! I’d love to hear them.