Watch Your Words

I love words. For better or for worse, words have power. If you look down through history, words have probably been the most effective tool ever devised. They have started and ended wars. They have raised and dashed hopes. They have lead people to salvation and to destruction. Even the Bible itself says "Death and life are in the power of the tongue," (Proverbs 18:21). That is a powerful message!

Too often we lend our tongues to the wrong message. We speak to others out of anger, fear, greed, and with a complete lack of human kindness. We completely forget the golden rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

We speak to ourselves in even more harmful ways. We tell ourselves that we are not good enough and that we don't really deserve to be happy. We put ourselves down saying that we're not talented enough, or smart enough, to find success. These are spiteful, hateful words to speak to anyone, especially yourself.

Of course, the flip side of this is that while we must learn how to speak properly, we also need to learn to listen properly. Not only is it important to learn how to listen but also to be cautious about what we listen to.

The messages we feed our brains are more powerful than you realize. Take for example this study from Vanderbilt University that I read this week:

The study involved 1,500 people and each of the participants were given a shake to drink twice a day. 500 were told it would help them lose weight, 500 were told it would make them gain weight, and 500 were a control group who were told nothing at all. They all got exactly the same drink. Guess what the results showed...The ones told that it was a high-calorie drink gained weight, the ones told it was a low-cal drink lost weight, and the ones who were told nothing stayed the same weight. In truth, the shake was nutritionally neutral. It was only the words that the people were told, and they listened to, that had any effect. Think about that!

My challenge for you this week:

Take time to reflect on the words you speak.

  1. What words do you most often use to describe yourself? Are they negative or positive?

  2. Are your descriptions of yourself consistent with the life you desire to manifest?

  3. Make conscious effort to discontinue depicting yourself in a lacking, unqualified, or unworthy way.

  4. Think about the people, music, and shows you listen to and what kind of messages they are planting in your brain.

  5. Make a list of ways that you can intentionally manage the flow of messages to your brain. (This may require minimizing contact with negative people, music, and shows.)

Do you accept this week's challenge? While life will always have its ups and downs, you will see what a difference it makes when you control the words you speak and listen to each day!

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