I’ve heard a repeating theme recently about the importance of word choice. This is something that I try to practice in all areas of my life, but I find that it can be more relatable to people in their work life. For the most part during work we have to write a professional email, provide customer service, or as a yoga teacher – help students honor their body and turn inward.
This is a great start, but how about when you speak to your children, train your dog, argue with your significant other, console someone experiencing grief, congratulate someone for an accomplishment, or even manifest the best life you want to live? Being aware of your word choice can be beneficial in more than just your work life. What you say to yourself and how you say it affects others around you. Words can change your mood, your perspective, and can even change your mind. This is how the importance of word choice can affect everyday life.
Get in touch with your feelings.
Did you know, words hold an intention? Have you ever said something and then had to follow up with, “well that’s not what I meant”? That’s because, without conscious thought or awareness, words convey a feeling or intention.
It is time to become aware of how you feel when you are speaking, writing, or thinking. Most people who know me say, I am the most positive person they know. My intention is not to be a positive person, my intention is to be happy. I choose to create the energy I want to feel by focusing on words that create an environment that makes me happy.
An example of how I do this is if it is raining while I drive to work, I am grateful that I have a car that functions and can protect me from the rain. This doesn’t mean that everyone is meant to be a “positive person”, that is not the purpose. The purpose is to recognize and say the better feeling words I want to portray and live out in my daily life.
How to choose better feeling words…
Choosing these “better feeling” words can be a challenge. There is a lot of self-reflection, self-awareness, and listening to others that goes on in the background. It really has to do with how you are feeling in the moment and how do you want to feel at the end.
Say the words that portray the right intention for you and that mean what you are saying. For the longest, I sought to get out of my depression and lower my anxiety. This meant, my intention was to see the brighter side of the world, to focus on what I still have and not what I am missing. In turn, this made me a “positive person” which changed my experiences and how I interacted with the world.
Mean what you say.
Too many times I see this quote that says, “No bad vibes”… This is not the only quote out there that have the right intention but does not say what it means. If you don’t want bad vibes then what DO you want? What are you really trying to say? A better quote I see that completely replaces this one is, “Positive vibes only”. The same amount of words, same intention, but I have now filled the missing piece to mean what I say and achieve what I want.
Next time, really look at what you are saying and ask yourself, am I saying what I mean? Or am I only explaining what I don’t want? This can really make a difference in how you see the world and how the world interacts with you. It also makes it easier to create and manifest all the possibilities you dream about. I see many examples of how people say things they don’t mean. For example, “I don’t want to be broke anymore”. Instead, why not say, “I am financially abundant” or like what Bruno Mars would say, “I want to be a billionaire so f&*%king bad…”.
Remember, Words are Power.
Think before you speak.
Feel what you want to feel.
Mean what you say.
Choose words with high vibration.
Some of us don’t take the time to sit with our own emotions and think before we speak. Some of us just want the instant gratification of letting it “off our chest”. Or maybe we want to relate to someone and say something (unintentionally) insensitive. The words we say end up building our character, it tells people how to see us, and talks to the universe to create our existence.
I feel like I could go on and on with examples, but I invite you to try it. The next time you are speaking to your children, training your dog, arguing, consoling or seeking to manifest something into your life, choose the better feeling words. Write down your feelings whether it’s good, bad, or indifferent and just sit in silence. The intention of what you say holds a lot of power, so honor how you are feeling and visualize the outcome you would like to have in your life.
The lifestyle you want to live depends on the importance of your word choice. With the right intention, mindful thought, and saying what you mean can change the daily outcomes in your life. Feel free to reach out to me, if you want help finding those words that are right for you.
“The pen is mightier than the sword” –by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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