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The Power Of Words

Yes, words are very powerful in more ways than you may first think. The old rhyme went like this, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.” I don’t believe the statement is true but I can understand why it was taught to children. Words can be very hurtful and they are difficult, if not impossible, to un-hear once heard. When words have been uttered to someone, they cannot be retracted later. So before you speak, it would be wise to pause a second and make sure you really want to commit to the outcome.

Words that have the most far reaching consequenses are the ones we use on ourselves! By simply choosing different words we say to ourselves, we can choose a different experience of the world. Let me explain…

It’s all in the mind

It’s that little voice in our head that is ALWAYS talking to us. Did you know that you do have a choice as to what it says and what words it uses?  Take a moment to just listen to your inner dialogue when something triggers that little voice, (but often it’s not so little). Ask yourself, would you say those same words to your best friend? If not then why do you allow them to be said to yourself? You can re-train your mind-voice to be your own best friend. How good would that feel, to lift your spirit when you dropped something instead of chastising yourself. You may possibly be using the same words that you heard as a child from your parents or teacher. But you can change it. You are the owner, the keeper and distributer of your words, whether spoken or not.

It’s just old habits

Often we are regurgitating to ourselves words and sentanses that we often heard as children when we had gotten ourselves into trouble. “NO!!!” “You’ll never ammount to anything!” “Stupid!” Or maybe you are repeating a standard phrase that you had formed when young. “I don’t know?” “I hate you!” Get into the new habit of talking to yourself, in a positive way. Compliment yourself on any simple thing you do, like making a cup of tea or slowing to let a car out of a side road. “That was a lovely cup of tea, I enjoyed that” “Well done (name), that was a kind gesture” But don’t expect a thank you from the driver, just observe that they may appreciate your kindness by themselves slowing and letting someone else into the traffic flow, as you did. It’s amazing how a kindness is passed around and you will later benefit from being allowed to join traffic by someone else. That’s what I mean about choosing a different experience of the world, it will be much kinder to you as you become more kind to yourself. The world will mirror the new calm inner you.

 

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Words of wisdom


“Words! What power they hold. Once they have rooted in your psyche, it is difficult to escape them. Words can shape the future of a child and destroy the existence of an adult. Words are powerful. Be careful how you use them because once you have pronounced them, you cannot remove the scar they leave behind.”
― Vashti Quiroz-Vega


“Words are like eggs dropped from great heights; you can no more call them back than ignore the mess they leave when they fall.”
― Jodi Picoult, Salem Falls


“A picture can tell a thousand words, but a few words can change it’s story.”
― Sebastyne Young


“The power to shape your reality lies within you, therefore the most important voice you will ever hear is your own.”
― Max Patrick


“The words you speak into your life are the fountain you swim in.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita


“Encouraging words are hands that pull others from the despair of life.”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom


“Words create. Know what you want to create before you speak”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom


“A bad word triggers another in your opponent. Be ready to reap what you plant”
― Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom


“Words have longer lives than people.”
― Mary E. Pearson, Fox Forever


Sticks and stones may break my bones,

But words can also hurt me.
Sticks and stones break only skin,
While words are ghosts that haunt me.

Slant and curved the words-swords fall
To pierce and stick inside me,
bats and bricks may ache through bones,
But words can mortify me.

Pain from words has left its scar
On mind and heart that’s tender.
Cuts and bruises now have healed,
It’s words that I remember.”

― Brendan Byrne


“You should always be your greatest motivator. Never leave that power in someone else’s hands. Once you learn to love the person you are, there are no limits to the person you can become.”
― Carlos Wallace, Life Is Not Complicated-You Are: Turning Your Biggest Disappointments Into Your Greatest Blessings