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 few years ago, I read an article that really stuck with me. It was about giving up words that you don’t like and don’t want to say anymore because they can be misleading or hurtful to your mood.
I challenged myself to give up “hard,” “stressed,” and “need.”
If you always say it’s hard, you’ll feel like it always is. If you think you’re stressed…then you are. We also don’t “need” anything except air, water and some food.
When I caught myself saying any of those words, I would change my statement and remind myself that I don’t like the way any of those words sound when their said so frequently. They don’t sound optimistic, joyful or helpful and once you speak them, you begin to believe them.
This can create an ugly, vicious cycle. Since I’ve been successful keeping those words out, I’ve also added “hate,” “should” and “busy.”
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 begin 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.