Your Most Powerful Tools
Words are probably the most powerful tools we own. Simple words of praise can change lives. Too many times, though, we choose to use words in ways that hurt rather than build. An experiment done by Japanese Scientist Dr. Masaru Emoto tested the effect words had on the molecular structure of water. Water droplets from water bottles marked with words of thanks and love formed beautiful crystals when frozen. Water droplets from bottles marked with hateful and hurtful words formed very ugly crystals. The human body is made up of about 90% water so think about what words do to people if they have that effect on water.
We affect people around us even when we don’t realize it or intend to. So, do you think about what you say in every situation? I know I try, but, I still slip far too often, even about myself. Sometimes when I am playing golf and make a bad shot I will say something like, “Evan you idiot!” These words do have an effect on my psyche and on those who hear me say it. So, what should we do about it?
First, Positive self talk: Practice praising yourself and focusing on what is good about you instead of what you see as negative, even if you don’t necessarily believe it. If you don’t like anything about yourself, ask some of your friends why they like you and use those statements. The more you use them the more you will begin to see that trait in yourself and begin to believe it.
Second, Find a more positive approach: Think of the glass as half full instead of half empty. Think of monthly payments as monthly investments in yourself. Think about the things you can do instead of focusing on what you can’t do. Think of a go light instead of a stop light.
Third, Be grateful: The attitude of gratitude is probably the most powerful way to think. If we are not grateful for what we do have then why should we receive any more? Sometimes it is hard to be grateful when it seems like your world is coming down around you but there is something to be grateful for. It may just be gratitude for another day of life but think about the alternative to that. I am reminded of this attitude daily by my Dad. My Mom and Dad were in a car accident last year. Mom was killed in the accident and Dad had to have some surgery that caused a little stroke. In spite of his circumstances, Dad always has words of kindness or thanks in everything he does.
Think about what your words are doing to yourself and others you encounter. You are making a difference in someone’s life whether you know it or not. Ask yourself what kind of difference you are making with your words. Find a way to be positive and you will make the world a better place.
Evan Crumpton owns Seeds For Success a business that helps organizations stage great workplaces. Evan believes that Success is neither a destination or a journey, success is an attitude. For more information on Evan visit http://www.seedsforsuccess.com