The Power Of Words : How Words Impact Your Life
“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble.” – Yehuda Berg
Human beings are the only animals that use words as a media to communicate their thoughts. But one thing people forget is that words have power that demands great responsibility.
In the first chapter of Genesis, God creates the world with the word of mouth. Further down in the Gospel of John, Jesus takes the form of the word. It is indicated that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”
No matter your religious belief, one clear thing in this description of Jesus and the creation story is that words are powerful. What’s more, the weight in the power of a word has the capacity to influence your life at a physical level, help you fulfill your purpose, and achieve your dreams.
How Words Impact Your Life
It pays to make positive word choices in your speech. Words carry vibration. The energy in these vibrations attracts similar energy from the universe. If the words carry positive energy, they will attract positive things in your life and result in endless possibilities of success.
Dr. Masaru Emoto, a Japanese scientist, did two experiments to demonstrate the importance of words and the power of word selection in improving the quality of your life. According to the results documented in the book, The Hidden Messages in Water, words carry enough energy to change the physical structure of matter.
He placed positive words in several vials with water and negative words in a few others. A microscope showed that the kind terms like thank you, I love you, and humility created beautiful frozen crystals. Nothing good came out of the vials with negative words; they created non-symmetrical structures.
Given that the body is 70% water, think of the intensity with which the sound vibration from negative terms could have on your cells, and ultimately reflect in your reality. It verifies the expression ‘the tongue has the power of life and death’.
In the second experiment, he demonstrated the concept using two jars of rice. One was labeled ‘Thank You’ and another ‘ You Fool.’ He asked students to repeat the phrase labeled on each jar two times a day for 30 days. Rice in the negative jar turned into a black gelatinous matter while the rice in the positive jar maintained its original form.
Negative language has been a problem in our lives since ancient history. An Uruguayan writer shows it in the poem – The Nobodies. The writer indicates how the Spanish colonialists failed to respect the indigenous people as human beings. They knew that words have power to devalue them and referred to their mode of speech as dialects instead of languages and called them using numbers instead of names.
The Powerful Affirmation That Words Provide
Words are power, and everything that leaves your mouth is a powerful affirmation. It is a declaration of who you are and how you view your world. When you say something uplifting or self-deprecating, you are affirming it as your truth.
Positive declarations are your key to rebuilding your life into one that you desire. Replace the negative talk with positive words that assert the person you want to be and how you want your life to unfold.
Positive vocabulary terms like terrific, exquisite, extraordinary, amazing, and magnificent, among others, should always be at the top of your head. Stick to the strong ones while paying attention to their meanings. Use every opportunity to use the words power to create better realities.
4 Ways To Use Words
Here is how you can use the power of words to transform and give your life meaning.
1. Choose Words Consciously
A hard fact to ignore is how the world has conditioned people to complain a lot about their problems. You often subconsciously complain to your friends about the traffic, weather, or trouble at home or use negative words in a song or metaphor. You end up scattering negative words, and like seeds, they give forth a chain of negative events.
You could accept this negativity as part of life or choose to do something about it. One of the things you can do is go on a negativity diet. Watch every word that leaves your mouth and eliminate anything carrying negative energy.
Find a way to talk about negative things in a positive way. Rather than saying to someone ‘I am broke’, change to ‘I have had better months.’ It passes the same message, but with a touch of positivity.
You need to avoid complaining about life to anyone, including your family. Learn to process your anger before lashing out in all sorts of negative language and reactions. For example, if you receive an e-mail with bad news at work, cool down before responding to the person. Fill your lungs with air and breath out slowly, and then communicate your feelings using kind terms. And if you cannot find something positive to say, practice maintaining silence.
Filter your words only to contain the things you want. Avoid name-calling and negatively criticizing people around you. By criticizing others, you devalue yourself. The energy in the words you use on others will resonate in your life. Speak with grace and treat them with justice, and it will reflect back to you.
2. Affirm Yourself
The brain learns best through repetition. And according to the illusory truth effect, when an individual is exposed to a statement long enough, they believe it as the truth, even when the circumstances are different.
This means that the brain will perceive what you read, see, or regularly speak as valid. When you repeat positive affirmations, your brain sees them as the truth. And people who hear these phrases will believe in their minds as the truth about you.
Start your days with words about power like ‘I am confident’, ‘I am successful’ and others. The power in the words ‘I am’ gives you control over your mind and a realization that you are capable of giving meaning to your existence, regardless of your current circumstances.
Ensure that your affirmation is in the present tense like it’s your present truth. Avoid stating what you do not want to be, but rather who you want to be. And ensure that nothing you say is negative. Affirm yourself in a frequency of three times a day and write them on a piece of paper to engage your mind.
Use visualization. Engage every sense to create a mental picture of the reality you are affirming and let it reflect in your body language. Words are strong, but visualization will make it more real and make it easier to manifest your desires.
3. Speak From A Place Of Love
When you are complaining about your life, you are speaking from a place of fear and insecurity. Your fears will have you thinking that you will never get that promotion, or you are not good enough in the field of business. It will get you thinking that you are in the wrong career or relationship. And it reflects in your words.
You can overcome this by being mindful of the thought behind your words. Ask yourself two questions, why you are about to speak those words, and will they have a positive or negative effect on your happiness.
Understanding the reasoning behind your words will help you realize that they are coming from a point of insecurity. And voicing these fears will actualize them into your world.
In order for more loving things to fill your life, ensure your words are coming from a point of love. Make certain that nothing negative is passing through your ears by watching the people you interact with. This will ensure that you know how to manifest love with a specific person. Negative Nancies can corrupt your soul with their defeatist attitude.
The same humanity, kindness, and grace you would extend to a friend is the same treatment you should give to yourself. If your friend came to you with their fears, you wouldn’t want to fuel it with negativity. You would use a soft tone to clear out their doubt and show compassion. Similarly, ensure everything you say is helping you build a better world for yourself.
4. Be A StoryTeller
Everyone has a story that they can tell about their lives. And one major benefit of life stories is that you can determine your personal narrative. How you frame your story can be empowering, or it can bring you down.
Don’t be a Debbie downer who is always complaining about past grief and how life has been unfair, be the optimist who inspires with a powerful story.
Telling your story gives you a chance to decide on the causes and effects that created the person you are today. One way is by focusing on the positives, such as your strengths, the growth you achieved, and the good things that happened.
Storytelling will be of service in helping you find a positive perspective about your past challenges. It gives you a way to let go of the pain and anxiety you may carry from these experiences and replace these emotions with hope and excitement. Ultimately this deep depth of positivity will reflect in your present lifetime.
As you find ideas to voice your story positively, you will realize the grit, strength, and resilience you have to live the life you want.
Most successful people understand the power of words. They have made positivity part of their life. It runs deep in their soul and bones. These people always have positive words in their hearts, and it reflects in their speech.
You can also get to this level.
Understand that words have the power to destroy and kill, but they can also give out grace, peace, and other good things. Shift your focus from the negatives in your past and present life. Engrave in your heart the words that form the soul of religion, such as justice, love, truth, and mercy.