Words have power. Their meaning crystallizes perceptions that shape our beliefs, drive our behaviours, and ultimately create our world.
Recently I was having a conversation with a friend and I got to notice how she always thinks very little of herself, well what I mean by this is that she always speaks the negatively about her life. I think what makes her look down on herself is her past experiences. I don’t really want to say she never really had any lucky in anything, but perhaps it might be because she is also quite the lazy bone, not to be rude or anything but call a spade a spade.
Some of us have a habit of using the same negative words over and over again that it becomes the norm in our lives. The problem is that the more we hear, read or speak a word or phrase, the more power it has over us. This is perhaps because the brain uses repetition to learn, it searches for patterns and consistency as a way to make sense of the world around us. The reality is that every one of us have at some point spoken negatively about ourselves or about others. Generally before we speak negatively, we have already rehearsed the words in our minds. This is significant because what we believe to be true and what we think about consistently eventually becomes part of our speech.
Negative thoughts become negative words, which become negative experiences, which results in us using more negative words. For instance, we say discouraging phrases like “I’ll never be able to get financially ahead,” “I want to give up” or “Negative things are just part of life”- nothing can change them, including God. We think we are stating our reality but the more we speak negatively the more we will find ourselves in those very situations which bring us frustrations. Even so the tongue is a little part of the body and boasts great things. A single word out of your mouth may seem to carry no weight, but it can accomplish nearly anything or destroy it. Our words have the ability to manipulate our own well-being and others, words can bring death or life, hope and purpose. Words are extremely powerful tools that one can use to uplift our personal energy and improve our lives.
If we’re not fully conscious of what we’re exposing ourselves to, consistency will triumph the truth every time. Now consider how many times you have falsely called yourself stupid, untalented, ugly, or anything else, and begin to understand how your own propaganda shapes a false self-image.
Choose your words wisely speak life into yourself and the people around you.
Written by Jolene Tshakane.