Journalists can summon outrage in five words or less, an inspiring speech can unite or divide nations, and shouts of encouragement can get us across the finish line. As powerful tools of expression, words matter.
Digital marketing experts estimate we receive around 10,000 messages each day. And when you think about how mass media, social media, and advertising use words of persuasion to influence us, the phrase “don’t put words in my mouth,” really rings true. We get propelled into feeling a galaxy of emotions and conflict. But what’s most surprising of all, is we don’t even notice it happening, that is, until we suddenly find our stress levels going through the roof.
So it got me thinking…
How much are we influenced by words in the conversations we have with ourselves? I mean, we all have an internal dialog going on. Maybe, with awareness, we can choose our words more wisely.
How does one even begin to take command of their own narrative? Turns out, to limit our negative self-talk, our approach plays a key role in granting us a way in…
According to social psychologist Peter Coleman of Columbia University’s Difficult Conversations Lab, there are some ways to create space for constructive conversations if we just pay attention:
When was the last time you listened to your inner monologue as you would listen to a friend?
Words can transport us to faraway lands and bring us back home to ourselves. They are most honorable when they bring people together for good. Hopefully, for you, these penned words open a path of deeper understanding. I’m humbled to be able to share my curiosities in this amazing adventure we’re all a part of. Please know that your words matter to me. I’d love to hear what this article brings up for you, so feel free to share your voice at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m all ears.
We all get to where we are with the help of those who came before us.
Though my father and I butted heads on many things, I still carry his sage wisdom with me wherever I go. His mantra to “live by your word” continues to make me a better person. It works for me because it gives me choices and holds me accountable. It’s especially handy when I say I’m going to do something, because giving up when things get tough just isn’t an option. By honoring my word, I honor myself and stay on the path to discovering what I’m capable of, even when I can’t see it for myself. Like I said, it works for me. Thanks dad…