The Power of Words
Are we really know the power of our words?
Speaking comes to most people as naturally as breathing. On many occassions we express ourselves without conscious thought ; we rarely stop and think about what we are saying. Thousands of words pour out of our mouths each day as our thoughts, opinions, judgments, and beliefs are freely expressed. Often, however, we are oblivious to the positive or negative effect these words have on ourselves and the people around us.
Our words are so powerful and effective. We live in a time where words are in abundance. Nevertheless, it only takes a few words to leave an unforgettable mark on someone’s heart, for better or worse. Like King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived remarked:
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”
So what does this tell us?
The words we speak have the power to put a grin upon someone’s face or cause tears to another person’s eyes. We can energize one another with words of joy, healing, and hope. On the contrary, we can utilize certain words to bring havoc, gloom, and ruin to others. Thus, the potency of words is unique and immeasurable. So we must choose them wisely.
“A tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”
Some people have mastered the art of wounding others with hurtful words. Those who have personally experienced verbal abuse recount stories of public humiliation, name-calling, criticisms, mockeries, and threats by the abuser. Psychological wounds left by verbal abuse are often more difficult to heal than physical injuries. The victim’s self–esteem is obliterated throughout being told constantly that he or she is ugly, worthless, stupid, and so on. Being verbally injured can be emotionally draining for the victim. It may even claim a life.
In other words, harsh words can lower our spirit, demolish our self-worth, and dishearten us. These scars can remain with us for decades, and affect us in ways we could never understand.
Words have tremendous power. Words give out energy and a message which creates a reaction in others. All that you say creates an impact on the world. Whatever you say to someone else will produce some kind of an influence on that person. We are constantly creating something, either positive or negative with our words.
Reaction to our words often returns to us in a multiplied form. For instance, if I speak words of judgment to a person they will judge me back, probably with more intensity than their judgment has the pain or anger caused by my words attached to it. Words of kindness and acceptance will generate a warm and appreciative reaction in a person. That person’s response to the words will be stronger because it will have the emotion created by the words attached to it. The power of words has a ripple effect in our lives and those around us.
A significant key to achievement in life is to understand the power of words. A word is an idea eternalized. Our musings do greatly affect us even though they are internal. What we think influences the way we carry on with our lives, it affects our emotions, our attitudes, and our behavior. A thought is spoken, however, has even more power. We can never reclaimed it; it is out of our mouth and will affect us. Our words have even more power than our thoughts, considerations since they not only affect ourselves but the people and the world around us.
Successful people take control of their words, rather than letting their words control them. They are more aware of their thoughts and words and the power they unleash. Successful people understand that they need to speak positively rather than negatively to see success. Successful people are described by the words that they express. They know the importance of speaking words that will build self-esteem and confidence, build relationships and build possibilities. They speak words of affirmation, encouragement, love, acceptance, and appreciation.
To see more personal success, the words that we speak need to be in alignment with what we want to see being produced in our life – our vision and our dreams. Your words can determine your destiny. Even more importantly, your words can make a positive difference in the people you interact with every day.
Before you speak ask yourself:
Is what I am about to say going to uplift the hearer?
Will it inspire, motivate, and create forward momentum for them?
Or will it dissolve fear and create safety and trust?
Will I create a positive or negative ripple effect by speaking out these words?
Let’s be determined to unleash the power of words for positive change.