What Are You Saying To Yourself?
Choose Your Words Wisely
Have you ever heard yourself saying “I just can’t lose this last 15 pounds.” or “I'm so sorry sweetheart we simply can’t afford to buy that right now.”? I know I'm guilty! As seemingly innocent as these thoughts or comments appear, our word and thoughts shape the course of our lives and become self-fulfilling prophecies. It’s vitally important that we pay attention to what we are speaking into our lives. I'm not saying we should utter positive affirmations that we don't believe and which curdle in our mouths as we attempt to say them; instead I’m suggesting that we use small distinctions and/or word substitutions that are less charged with negativity. For instance, have you ever thought “I’m so overwhelmed” or “I’m so stressed”? I have! What if you said instead, I’m too blessed to be stressed” or “I’m a little maximized right now”. Try it, you'll feel better immediately! Going back to our first sentence, how about “I’m so excited to lose this last 15 lbs!” or “Honey, We are on target to afford that soon.”
In Anthony Robbins’ “Awaken the Giant Within” (awesome read!) there’s an incredible list of alternate words such as instead of "anxious", use "expectant", rather than "angry", use "disenchanted", rather than "frustrated", use "fascinated" etc. I believe that finding your own replacement words is more fun and as you are the one finding them, they'll mean more to you. Be an observer for a day. Pay attention to the thoughts floating around in your mind, write down the negative ones as they come. Pay attention to your inner conversations and listen to your vocabulary. Write down the negative things that come to your mind. Then look at thesaurus.com and make a list of empowering words and start choosing your words wisely! You’ll be amazed at the difference in your attitude and your life!
If you are truly having problems finding alternate words, I’m happy to help! Just comment on here and I’ll find a brighter words to paint your life with!