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The Power of Words

Magicians use the magic word ‘abracadabra’ as they perform their tricks.  I learned recently, thanks to a TedX talk by Andrew Bennett, the origin of the word is Aramaic, and it means what I speak is what I create.

Words have power to create or destroy.  This is an invitation to pay attention to the words you are saying to yourself about yourself.  When you look in the mirror, do you say something along the lines of, “Wow, you look great today!” Or “Wow, you’re a mess.”

From today forward, when you look in the mirror, tell yourself how amazing and wonderful you are.  In addition to the mirror, how often do you use these three words or phrases: should, must and have to?

“I have to go to work today.”

“I must go visit my family.”

“I should go to the grocery store.”

You get the idea; yes, I’ll admit, I’ve used them myself.  Replace these words with the following: get to, choose to, want to.  Try it and you’ll see the entire tone is different.

“I get to go to work today.”

“I want to go visit my family.”

“I choose to go to the grocery store.”

I’ve even known a few people who have created a sign for their desk or dashboard that says: Get to, Want to, Choose to!

Never underestimate the power of your language.

Ask yourself this question:

Are the words you use moving you toward your goals?  Are they helping you create the life you want?

If the answer is no, change your language.  Pay attention to your inner and external dialogue.  When you see results that are not what you want, consider the language you are using to talk to yourself and others about what’s happening.

What has been your experience with paying attention to the words you are choosing? Please post your comments here!

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