Change Your Words ~ Change Your Life
Jamie Lee Silver
Are you being held back in your life from getting that promotion,
starting an exercise program, finding that perfect mate…because of
the words you’re using? You may not even be aware of these phrases?
Read on to see how changing your words can change your life!
You’ve got a big sales presentation today that you’ve been dreading
for some time. It took a long time to book this appointment, and it
could mean a lot of money and prestige for both you and your
company. You sit down with your sales manager and truthfully tell
her you’re fearful about this meeting and you’ve been frustrated by
how long it has taken for this meeting to occur. She gives you her
best pep talk and sends you off.
In the sales call, you notice something is just not working well.
Your hands are moist, your breathing is shallow, you’re afraid. You
don’t come across as being confident and trustworthy. The
prospective client doesn’t feel comfortable giving you the business,
and you leave with nothing to show for all your hard work.
What if you could have been “curious” instead of afraid, and
“fascinated” instead of frustrated? How could this day have gone
better? If you start the day curious and fascinated, your focus is
on the potential client, instead of yourself. You come across as
interested and enthusiastic, two key factors in sales success. Your
fascination is enjoyable for both you and the prospective client and
your enthusiasm is contagious and you walk out with the sale!
Do you have an instance that a change of words can have a great
impact in your life? Words represent our thoughts, deeds, energy,
and focus. Yet, most people only use 1% of all the words in the
English language. What if you could discover and use better words?
Words that not only describe what you want to say, but also actually
change the way you think and feel in a positive way?
Skeptical? Try this one on for size. Making this one word change has
been known to dramatically alter lives: the word is overwhelmed.
What does the word overwhelmed represent?
have little or no power at the office”
problems are bigger than I am”
“There’s no hope for relief and it will never change”
What would you be saying and thinking if you switched to saying “In
At work you may feel you have way too much to do, and more keeps
coming in every day. Your inbox is full, you haven’t answered your
e-mails, the phone keeps ringing, and in an effort to stop the
onslaught, you go into your boss’s office and announce that you are
How does that make you look to your boss? What does a boss think of
someone who is overwhelmed? Do you think they are going to recommend
you for that next raise or that plumb assignment that you want to
take on? Not if you’re overwhelmed they won’t!
What if you decided to use the phrase “in demand” instead? Try it on
for size. Think: “I’m in demand.” Do you notice your posture
adjusting? Do you feel your shoulders going back, your chest coming
up? Do you feel that your lungs are capable of taking in more air
now? Why? Because you’re in-demand! You’re important. You’re needed.
You’re key to getting things done. When you’re in demand it’s up to
you to choose where you distribute your gifts -- you don’t have to
feel pulled in many directions. You’re in demand for goodness sakes!
You’ve just raised yourself notches up the scale of importance in
So, are you overwhelmed or in demand? It’s up to you! You can choose
either word, but which would you rather be? That’s the real
question. Choose your words carefully the universe is listening.
Think about this: who is the most important person to hear your
words? That’s right, it’s you!
Do you ever have “problems” in the workplace? What does the word
What could you use instead? How about “challenge”? What does this
choose to take this on”
have a puzzle to solve”
going to get to the top of this hill, and once I’ve conquered it
– I’ll put my flag on it, and have a great story to tell!”
Which would you rather be? It’s all up to you! Some other examples:
Negative Word: Stressed
Positive Word: Energized
Negative word: Exhausted
Positive phrase: In need of recharging
“It’s time to
refresh my energy”
“It’s time to
recharge my batteries”
“In no time at all
I’ll be good as new”
Negative Word: Depressed
“I’m held down”
Positive Phrase: Ready for a Breakthrough!
“I’m revving up”
“I’m moving on”
It’s entirely your choice. There’s no end to what you can create.
You can live a life of excitement and fulfillment. If you challenge
yourself to change your words, you will change your life!
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