Words Have Power
Effects Of Negative Words On Our Health
Positive Self Talk Is Key To Combating Negative Words About Yourself
It’s already been established that words have power, and we all know the effects of negative words on our thoughts and actions, but unless we start using positive self talk when refering to ourselves, those same negative words can and will effect our health.
If said often enough, these negative words can totally change your health, your life and your outlook on life. The negative power and feelings are already there… add them to your negative words and you have the makings of a disaster… which is your health!
We have all been caught in the trap of using negative words of power in either describing how we look, feel or act… but have you ever thought that it’s just as easy to look at yourself in a positive way than it is to look at yourself in a negative way?
The Power of Words
The ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus wrote, “Words are the physicians of a diseased mind.”
I use spoken words every day to help my patients learn how to improve their health and their lives. Have you ever paid attention to how words impact you? What do the words you speak and hear mean to you? More importantly, how do the words you say to yourself affect you?
Words have power to heal, the power to destroy, and the power to change the world. Consider the following famous words and how they changed history.
“I have a dream…”
“We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal.”
“Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
“If you tell a big enough lie, and you tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”
Words Have Power: Self Talk for Success
The most powerful words of all are the ones you say to yourself everyday. Specifically, I mean the self talk or conversation that you have with yourself throughout the day. Have you ever stopped to listen to how you talk to yourself? I have noticed that people say things to themselves that they would never say to someone else. Things like “I’m fat,” or “I’m not smart enough to do that.” It’s rare for people to give themselves compliments-we are our own harshest critic.
Words have power and they have a tremendous impact on your health. Do you ever hear yourself say, “I don’t have time to exercise,” or “Just one more won’t hurt”? Do you frequently say “I’m tired” or “I’m stressed”? Words like these create the emotion or feeling that you would have if the words were true. These emotions lead to the actions reflected by your feelings, which then reinforce the feelings.
If you say you are tired, then you will begin to feel tired. Feeling tired leads to sluggish behavior which generates fatigue rather than vibrant energy. What you focus on grows. If you focus on feeling unhealthy then you will tend to have unhealthy behaviors that follow.
Words Have Power: Program Your Health with the Right Words
The words you use are like computer code that becomes the software of your mind. You program your behavior with your words. If you don’t like the results that you are getting in your life, you simply need to change the software by reprogramming your mind. It takes time to work out the bugs in a program, but the goal is consciously to decide what you want, use words and thoughts consistent with that desire, and then began acting on the thought.
For example, if you want to be thin, you first need to change the words you use. Stop saying and stop thinking “I’m fat.” Replace that thought with “I enjoy being a healthy weight” or “I am enjoying the process of becoming thin.” Expand on this by changing the conversations in your head about food and exercise.
Words Have Power: Talk Healthy – Think Healthy
Cultivate positive self talk that leads to healthier thinking. Think, “Healthy people eat vegetables instead of cake,” and “Thin people exercise most days of the week, so I will go to the gym today.” Squash all thoughts that are contrary to your goal and cultivate those that lead to healthy behaviors. Start thinking of yourself as a healthy person, start speaking healthy words and then take healthy actions.
Words have power…