He's right. Words are powerful and strong.
Guard them wisely.
Especially your self-talk.
I struggle with this. If I'm not intentional, sarcasm can take over. When that happens, I can start telling myself all kinds of things I can't do.
Then I look for ways to prove myself right. That's not the attitude to maximize opportunity.
What's your self talk like?
Is your self talk killing your passion and progress? It's important to eliminate the limiting self talk. Here are examples of the limiting self talk phrases I have to guard against.
Last week, I was "kinda" making a commitment on contacting some people.
I said, "I'll try" to get them called next week. Then I stopped myself and said, no I'm changing my vocabulary, I will reach these people next week.
I get it, I still have to dial the phone. I can't close my eyes, put some Dino music on, and chant, "I'm contacting these people" and get it done.
Pick up phone, dial number, either talk to them or leave a message that they can't wait to return.
But my mindset is greatly different about that process when my commitment is more than "I'll try." The "I'll try" mindset plays victim and blames people for not returning their call or email. Have you ever called someone and silently prayed to get voice mail? Uh, me neither.
I have to intentionally keep that mindset during the journey.
I have others phrases that I have to guard against using.
"To be honest with you"
I have to stop using this phrase. Derinda always replies, "as opposed to lying?"
"I'm not good at...."
This is one of my favorite ways to give myself an out. Plus, it sounds better than, "It doesn't mean enough for me to try "
I just imagine God getting upset with me trying to convince everybody that he forgot to give me the ability to do something.
Remember there was a time in our life that peeing, pooping, eating and sleeping rounded out our abilities list. We all have the ability to learn more.
"I could never....." I have a rule that I never say never.
"I will never...." This one will make you look like an ass, trust me.
How are you doing with your self talk? How can you improve it? I hope you will share your thoughts in the comment section below.
What you share could be exactly what someone else needs to read. Your words can be the encouragement that makes significant, positive, life-changing results.
Disagree? Cool. Take me to task, I look forward to learning from it. Let's keep the language clean enough for my mother to read this blog. (she will read this one)
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