“Becoming”: Making Words Work

Wow. Another weekend already? It feels like this week just got started, right? Anyway when last we spoke I promised that on this edition of “Becoming Today” we’ll identify a few steps that help make your word choice work for you.

It’s a simple four-step process. 

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Now I didn’t say it was easy and I’m definitely not saying some parts may not be hard, I’m saying four steps to communicating better is pretty simple.

  1. Avoid Self-Criticism

I’m hearing the sighs already. Easier said than done, I can testify to that as I’m my own worst critic. However I can also tell you from my own life experiences that choosing positive words to describe myself and worthiness have increased my personal sense of value and well-being. 

Start by replacing negative thoughts about yourself with realistic, truthful statements.

Avoid making false comments, or striving to block thoughts with false attempts at being overly confident. A balanced, realistic outlook is a key to “Becoming”. 

  1. Don’t Gossip

This step really is simple and even with just two words should be self explanatory.

But if you really need to hear more, studies have shown that gossiping is harmful to your health. More than ¾ of people surveyed, 77% say they are experiencing damaging stress in their lives. Plus nearly half say that stress has increased within recent years. Don’t make yourself sick, literally, by wasting words running down others. 

  1. Harness the Positive Energy of Words

Choose your words. Make sure they uplift and inspire, at all times. Here’s a link to a conversation we had earlier this year on the power of and how to formulate your own positive affirmations.

  1. Encircle Yourself with Uplifting Expressions

Love that quote? Write it down in your journal, or  on a sticky note,  maybe even on the whiteboard on the refrigerator wherever you can see it and be reinforced and inspired by it. Unlike a current TV commercial that tries to claim the opposite- yes, sometimes you do need a sign to remind you to live.. laugh, love….LOL, see you’re laughing now. And are already experiencing the joyful impacts of making words work for you!

Now that we’ve discussed the importance of word choice, let’s expand our vocabularies with some options for incorporating what we’ve learned. Since this began with yesterday’s discussion of “Declaring Your Intentions”, here are some bold options to declare boldly.

Bold words:

adventurous

audacious

courageous

daring

fearless

heroic

resolute

bantam

forward

gallant

assuming

aweless

dauntless

enterprising

intrepid

unafraid

undaunted

valiant

valorous

Word that are not bold:

afraid

cautious

cowardly

fearful

meek

shy

timid

unadventurous

weak

faint

fair

light

quiet

reticent

retiring

timorous

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Words that Declare:

Proclaim 

Announce

Make known

State

Communicate

Reveal

Divulge

Mention

Talk about

 Raise

Air

Bring into the open

Voice

Articulate

Pronounce 

Express 

Vent 

Set forth

Make public 

Publicize

Disseminate

Circulate 

Publish 

Broadcast

Promulgate

Trumpet 

Blazon

Come out with

Shout from the rooftops

For those of you who have been with us for a while you may have noticed, our Saturday format was a little different. If this was your first visit thank you and please come back and visit with us again.

While not doing the weekly review today, instead I’ll point you to some related thoughts:

Earlier this year we talked a bit about Speaking Confidently, which follows today’s topic very well as my thoughts on Living What You Say do as well.

I pray all of you have a safe and blessed weekend and I hope you’ll visit us again as the new week, and new month will reveal new steps in our shared journey of “Becoming Today”.

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