Several months ago I was listening to a radio show when a caller graciously laid out how the host had overcome a multitude of circumstances to become very successful. After the inspiring soliloquy, the host responded with thanks and then said something that stuck with me. “Your comments will fuel me for another ten years because it validates what I am doing and what I believe about my audience.”
Wow! Did you hear that? Ten years?!? I was immediately quickened with the thought that our words have the power to be the fuel in the rocket that is other people’s success.
Words are very important to me. In fact, from the Five Love Languages, I am a “Words of Affirmation” person. Because I am primarily influenced by words, I am keenly aware of the power they have to build up or tear down. At various times in the past, I have struggled with my own self-worth because I was not receiving verbal affirmation from others.
If we are going to influence others and make a positive impact on the world around us, it is imperative that we recognize the power in our words. Consider the following:
- What are we saying to ourselves? If the voice in our head is constantly coming up with criticism about our life, it will be very difficult overcome. What we believe about ourselves will influence how we behave. Speaking the truth about who we are to ourselves can be very powerful in overcoming challenges. Sometimes we may be the only one who is saying anything encouraging!
- Blessing and cursing come from the same tongue. This is not the way it should be! With our mouth, we have both the power to build others up and tear them down. So many times today social media seems to highlight the destruction of others. Occasionally, I will run across uplifting stories, but they are the exception. Think of the opportunity we have to offer positive reinforcement and lift the spirits of those around us! Let your speech be filled with blessing.
- The power of word-of-mouth advertising. Nothing may be more helpful in illustrating the weight behind our words. Word-of-mouth is arguably the best marketing tool on the planet. When we are unknown to others, the recommendation of a trusted friend to a third party can open doors for us. What we say about others also carries weight with those around us. Be careful how you speak!
I hope these thoughts will spur you to think about what you say each day. We must recognize the power in our words if we are going to help others reach new heights. Are you preparing good fuel for the rocket?
Question: What other considerations are important to you when you think about the power of your words? What negative self-talk do you need to replace with encouragement? Who are your words influencing, and what are some ways you can be more deliberately uplifting? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
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