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As the old saying goes, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” This is erroneous, however, because words really do matter, and they have a bigger impact than we may realize. In fact, words have the power to affect us positively or negatively (see Proverbs 18:21). The words we say about ourselves and others have an enormous effect on our behavior and reveal a lot about our mental state. Words also affect us on an emotional level and speak to the content of our character.
For instance, if you think and say things such as: I’m not talented, I’m not good enough, I’m not smart, or I’m not pretty enough, this will only make you feel less than you are and keep you from pursuing your dreams altogether. On the other hand, however, words can also be a vehicle for change and inspiration. If you think and say things such as: I have talent, I can do whatever I put my mind to, I am smart, I am good enough, you will go from self-doubt to self-confidence — giving you the courage to accomplish your dreams.
As you can see, words truly do matter. Changing your words from negative to positive will help you feel better about yourself and accomplish more. So, let’s take an inventory of our thoughts and the words we speak about ourselves and others.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 9:45 PM MDT
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