When we want a healthy life, we eat the right food, exercise, sleep well, and think right. When we want a life full of energy and vitality, to be creative, to do great things in our lifetimes, and just live the life we imagine, we need a great storehouse of words to use. We should always choose words that will build us up and increase our peace, give joy, and inspire us to action. There are great things happening in our world but for some reason, the media is filled with negative news. When you turn on any news station or buy any newspaper or news magazine you will find it filled with reports of murder, theft, wars, famine, and all kinds of horribly tragic events. These things are happening in various parts of the world and around us. Would it not be great to have “Positive/Possibility News” stations and newspapers? We all need a diet of positive news. So make it a habit to read, watch, and talk about good things. Have you considered the power behind your words?
Remember that your words are like seeds, and they will definitely produce fruit. Everything you have in your life today is a direct result of what you've been saying and believing up to this point. You may think those words don't matter, but they are being planted and will bring a harvest in the future. I read that if you were placed into an MRI scanner – a huge, donut-shaped magnet that can take a video of the neural changes happening in your brain, if the word “no” is flashed for less than one second, you’d see a sudden release of dozens of stress- producing hormones and neurotransmitters. These chemicals immediately interrupt the normal functioning of your brain, impairing logic, reason, language processing, and communication. A list of negative words projected on the screen of a person’s mind for a few seconds will make a highly anxious or depressed person feel worse. The more these negative words are projected, the more they will damage key structures that regulate your memory, feelings, and emotions.
Words are the most powerful thing in the universe...Words are containers. They contain faith or fear, and they produce after their kind – Charles Capps
Psychologists say that negative vocabulary produces chemicals that create stress in your brain. You experience increased irritability that undermines cooperation and trust. It has also been found that hanging around negative people will make you more prejudiced toward others. I have found these statements to be true in my own experience. When you continue to worry about your financial state, as an example, you will stimulate the release of destructive neurochemicals. Negative thinking gives you more of the same in reality. Fear-producing words like poverty, sickness, and death will stimulate your brain in negative ways. Make it a habit to interrupt your tendency to worry and think negative thoughts. Worry can waste your life for a very long time. When you worry, ask yourself the question: Where is this worrying taking me? I have never seen a person who woke up in the morning and said something like, “I am very excited about life! Last night I spent the whole night worrying, and how great I feel after that!”
Worries deplete your energy and stop you in your tracks. Instead of worrying because you are using worry-filled words, instead why can’t you replace those words with positive and possibility-filled words. Words are containers and you need to watch what you are saying to yourself and others. Doctors and therapists teach their patients to turn negative thoughts and worries into possibility and positive affirmations. This process helps patients regain self-control and confidence. In order to change your way of speaking, start using positive words and the process of repetition will eventually erase most of your negative words. Barbara Fredrickson, one of the founders of Positive Psychology, discovered that we need to generate at least three positive thoughts and feelings for each expression of negativity. Fredrickson, Losada, and Gottman realized that if you want your business and your personal relationships to really flourish, you’ll need to generate at least five positive messages for each negative utterance you make. Positive words and thoughts empower your brain into action and help you be resilient through change.
According to Sonja Lyubomirsky, leading researchers on happiness say, “If you want to develop lifelong satisfaction, you should regularly engage in positive thinking about yourself, share your happiest events with others, and savour every positive experience in your life.”
Dr. Andrew Newberg said, “Language shapes our behaviour and each word we use is imbued with multitudes of personal meaning. The right words spoken in the right way can bring us love, money and respect, while the wrong words—or even the right words spoken in the wrong way—can lead to a country to war. We must carefully orchestrate our speech if we want to achieve our goals and bring our dreams to fruition.” Great leaders use the power of the spoken word to transform our emotions, to engage us in their causes, and to shape the course of destiny. Examples include Winston Churchill’s focus on the “finest hour,” Martin Luther King, Jr.’s depiction of a “dream,” Les Brown famous quote, “You have greatness within you and you must be hungry,” Robert Schullar’s statement of, “Tough times don’t last but tough people do,” and others.
We each have the ability within us to use words to ignite change and transformation, to move ourselves to action, and to improve the quality of our lives. We know that words provide us with a vehicle for expressing and sharing our experience with others. It is known that by changing your habitual vocabulary, meaning the words you consistently use to describe emotions, you can instantaneously change how you think, how you feel, and how you live. As Tony Robbins advises, you can change your state instantly by changing your words and thoughts. You can consciously use your words to improve the quality of your life today and for the rest of your life. The words we attach to our experience become our experience. Words have a biochemical effect on the body. If you want to change your life, if you want to shape your decisions and your actions, shifting your emotional patterns is the key. ”The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” - The Bible.