Can your words hurt? If so, then they can heal. Can your words break it down? Then your words can build up. Can your words condemn? Then your words can set free. Can your words Take away? Then your words can provide. Anything your words can do negatively, they can also do positively. Can your words reach others? Then your words reach yourself. We are all aware of the impact our words have on other people, but are we aware of the impact they have on ourselves? Are you aware what your words are doing to YOU? Words are very powerful and should be used discretionally. I’m sure you have heard the saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”…… Implementable only when the words are coming from an outside source…ie. other people. When the words are coming from yourself, its a whole different ballgame! You can learn to ignore others but can you ignore yourself? When the words are coming from inside its not a matter of just shutting your mouth or ears!
Today I want to challenge you to spotlight the negative words that are coming from inside of you. I don’t want you to ignore them, muffle them, or even try to shut them out. I want you to spotlight them. I want you to write them down when you hear them. I want you to bring them into the light and out onto a piece of paper where they can be seen. Do this for one week. At the end of the week, take a look at your paper. Without judgement, just look at them. After you have looked them all over, you can start going through them and flipping them all to a positive statement instead. Take a day or two to flip all the thoughts you wrote down. Ex. If you wrote, “I’m never on time”-flip it to “I’m never late”…or if you said, “I just cant get the hang of it”-you might rewrite it as “I’m getting better all the time”….Or maybe you thought, “I keep making mistakes”- instead write “mistakes are learning opportunities for me”. Everything can be said in a positive way-everything can be flipped! After your all done and all the thoughts are now positive. Look at them again. Read them out loud! Don’t they feel better to say? Don’t they feel less forceful, less demanding, less judgmental?! We all accept responsibility as to what we say to others but when it comes to ourselves, we are much less thoughtful. Instead we are much more demanding and hurtful. Take this challenge and then see how you can learn to change your self talk into more encouraging phrases. Learn to uplift yourself so that you have the edge to lift another. Think about what you are saying to yourself. If you wouldn’t say it to a friend, it doesn’t belong to you either!. Its that simple….it just seems hard because we’ve been taught to do it our whole lives. Start with this simple exercise of calling them out and bringing them to light. Once you identify what kind of self talk you got going on, you can show yourself some love and just flip it! Have a great week!!