10 Ways Words Can Change Your Life
Words are one of the most powerful forces in our lives, yet we so often take them for granted. How many words do you use every day? Texts to your friends, emails at work, a brief hello to people you walk past? They all add up. But how many of those words do you consciously think about?
Take charge of all the words in your life – written, spoken, mental. You will find that you gradually take control of your entire life.
Here are ten key ways to start changing your life with the power of words:
This popular self-tool has become notorious for overuse and cheesy associations. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it! Using affirmations regularly can have a powerful impact on your self-esteem and self-perception. Try it out and see if it works for you! The trick is to frame your affirmations in the present tense. Say “I am happy”, rather than “I will be happy”. There’s no point considering a vague future possibility. You want change now.
If you dabble in copywriting at all, you already understand the power of words to persuade. Your words will help other people to believe in you and appreciate your point of view. More subtly, your words paint a picture of you. Choose your words carefully to present the picture you want.
Writing your thoughts down helps you achieve greater clarity and understanding. Most productivity and happiness experts recommend journaling, for good reason. It can transform how you see the world! Write about your day, your plans, your hopes, what you’re grateful for. Try it for ten minutes every day for the next month, and see what a difference it makes. You might find this article useful- Writing Your Way to What You Want.
4- Problem Solving
To solve problems, capture your vague thoughts and turn them into sentences. You can discuss an idea with someone else or write it down. Either way, you will find words an effective shortcut to thinking issues through.
Knowing the right words improves your confidence so much it’s incredible. Some people have the gift of always knowing the right words in any situation. Others of us (including me!) don’t have that gift naturally. But you can learn it. The more you work with words, the more comfortable you will feel with them, whether written or spoken. That comfort will lead to confidence.
How better to communicate your ideas than using words? A picture may tell a thousand words… but you can’t always be sure that they were the right words. If you want something, ask for it. If you have advice, offer it. If you have a story, tell it. The communication power of words is humanity’s greatest invention.
Did you know that you are your own best motivation? Danielle Laporte wrote a lovely piece on your inner motivational speaker. The words you use to speak to yourself, and the tone, change how you feel. Lacking encouragement and motivation? The best place to find it is in the words you use inside your head.
8- Team Building
Whether it’s a professional team or a group of friends, well-chosen words help you to build a community. It doesn’t matter if it’s in real life or online, words will help you. Again, pictures are great. Videos are also great! But it’s words that bring people together in powerful, transformational ways. How would you ever make friends if no one said hello for the first time?
If you write it down, you’re far less likely to forget it. A good written organization system will make your life so much easier. Telling a friend can help just as much. It gives you extra support and accountability, as well as someone to remind you.
10- Better Sleep
A little-known but powerful hack for those of you who can’t switch your minds off at bedtime. Keep a pen and notepad by your bed. Each time a thought pops into your head, write it down. Once the thought is safely recorded, your brain is able to let it go. Eventually, your head will be empty of all the stress and panic. Everything will still be waiting for you tomorrow, written down on your notepad.
There isn’t any area of life that isn’t affected by words in some way. How could there be, when words shape our very thoughts? These are only the first ten I thought of and wanted to share. How do you use words to shape your life and solve your problems?