How Your Results are Affected by the Power of Words
Do you know the hidden power of words and their true impact on your life? If you are like the majority of people, you may not be aware of their influence or their potential to shape your results and steer your life. Furthermore, words, especially your self-talk and habitual thinking are like seeds that have the potential to grow. As a result, they either sprout success, failure or mediocrity. Furthermore, the power of words, especially if negative, can seriously impact your health, as I well know! However, back to how the power of words can influence people.
In a famous study by John Bargh in 1966, a group of people were placed in a room. Each person was given a card with several words on. They all had to create sentences using the words they were given. Unknown to the people in the group, the words related to the topic of ageing, and included words like ‘walking stick,’ ‘senior citizen,’ and ‘pension.’
At the completion of the experiment, the people walked out slower than they walked in; as if they had literally absorbed the words, becoming older!
Your Words are Powerful and Create Your Reality
If this can happen in a simple experiment, imagine how the hidden power of your words can impact your goals, health, business or relationships? A great example of how words can sprout profound growth and inspire people is Martin Luther King. The words in his ‘I had a dream’ speech fuelled his vision and were the seeds that inspired thousands of people to create massive societal change.
Your words have power, so guard carefully what you say and think. Much research points to the fact that we have around 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts every day and most of these are the same as the day before. Furthermore, around seventy percent are negative. Yikes. However, your thoughts are habitual because many of them you repeat over and over again. Habits are run outside your conscious awareness, in your powerful subconscious mind. As they are outside your conscious awareness you may not even be aware of them.
How to Be A Master Spy On Your Words
- To reveal the hidden power of words, first of all, start with observing your inner dialogue.
- Second, when you start to be aware you will slowly start to ‘hear’ what you are saying. This is the starting point for change.
- Next, when you hear yourself talking about what you don’t want or focusing on the negative, say the word ‘delete.’
- Above all, you must replace the word or phrase with something else. Simply create a statement that replaces all negative and self-defeating words with positive, empowering words and statements. Shift your focus towards what you want.
You can literally re-write your future by changing your story, your life script. Furthermore, when you do this consistently and intentionally you will start to lock in new programs that now steer you in the direction of what you want. Now you are using the hidden power of words to create new deep programs that help drive you towards your goals and desires. Moreover, make sure you make this habit one of your keystone habits. It may very well be the driver of all your success!
Consistency is key
One word of caution. You must practice this skill consistently to ensure you re-wire your brain. Science has proven we can change our brains. However, this only occurs if you are consistent and is one key reason to create habits and have a plan for your life. Check out the groundbreaking concept of neuroplasticity and read the fascinating book by Norman Doidge ‘The Brain That Changes Itself’ to understand the amazing power we have and what is truly possible.
When you commit to understanding how your mind works, harnessing your amazing brain and guarding your thoughts, you will experience how the power of words transform your life. All you have to do now, is give it a go.
Most importantly, you are programming your subconscious mind, the part that runs your life. Ultimately, it is here, your inner focus that you are working on. And of course, your inner focus is critical for accomplishing your goals and achieving the level of success you desire. Let me know what changes and magic you create in your life by shifting your thinking and changing your words.
About the Author
Mandy Napier is a Global High Performance Mindset Coach who is dedicated to supporting high achievers fulfil their potential and achieve extraordinary results professionally and personally. Transformations are the norm, and results guaranteed.
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