We all say things that we don’t really mean.
We all say things that aren’t really good for us.
We all say things that don’t make much sense.
We can all learn to speak more honestly, optimistically and effectively.
A couple of years ago, I read something that really stuck with me. It was about giving up words that you don’t like and that you don’t want to say anymore because they are negative, misleading or that just sound like shit. I challenged myself to give up the words “hard,” “stressed” and “need”. If you always say it’s hard, it will be. If you think you’re stressed…you are. We also don’t “need” anything except for air, water and some good clean food (and maybe a barbell and an iphone…joke).
If I catch myself saying one of those words, I change my statement and remember that I don’t like the way any of those words sound when others say them so frequently. Those words don’t sound optimistic or helpful, and once you speak them, you begin to believe them. That creates an ugly, viscous cycle. I also work on keeping “hate”, “should” and “busy” out of my vocab.
Here’s your challenge:
- Decide which 3 words you want to give up and know WHY you want to give them up. Write them down, comment below and start to change the way you speak.
When you give up words that bring you down or are negative, you’ll improve the way you think. When you do this, you’ll begin to influence those around you. If you want more amazing things to happen in your WODs, performances and life…constantly look for ways to improve the way you speak.
Your mentality is powerful and it’s one thing you can control. Make sure your language is working for you, and not against you.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where I will talk more about how to do this