Heart ❤ First, Then 🖋 Ink. Followed by? Any guesses?
What I’m describing is a glimpse at my process. First something involving our shared journey here at Becoming Today will find its way into my heart. When it does, then I start to release it with ink.
Yes I still use ink on paper. It helps me add to the tone, the texture, to craft emphasis of our conversations. Followed by the magic. After refining my vision for the post then almost wondrously it is transformed digitally and nearly instantaneously transmitted to you and ore importantly for you.
This project is a labor of love, made possible in part by the power of words.
A recent study reveals that in the past year we as a collective planet have used more words than ever before. However their meaning, tone and the acceptance of them has also been marginalized like never before. We’ll talk more about that tomorrow, but given these facts, our research, also known as an examination of what is nudging my heart, is showing that we need to review why words matter and why our choice in which words and how to use them is so important.
So how should you choose your words? “Carefully”… is how Grandma always finished that thought. And yes it still is great advice today.
Selecting your words carefully can lead you to great success, while not guarding your vocabulary can have the opposite effect; ensuring your failure.
Quite literally choosing the proper expression can change your life or keep you in the wilderness for another 40 years. Words elicit not only an intellectual component, by whether or not you and those you are communicating with share the same definition, they also often first evoke an emotional response. Whether that’s positive or negative is up to you.
While the late US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia affirmed:
- “Words have meaning. And their meaning doesn’t change.”
They certainty can change and do, if there is not a common definition. Even then the word can be further enhanced or exacerbated by tone, volume or even in writing as to how they are expressed. Let’s consider this word:
The same four letters. Pronounced in the same way and even in print you feel the difference. Therefore you can draw different meanings, memories and elicit varied responses to motivate, manage or manipulate others.
This is even true when it comes to self-talk. As we’ve discussed before that inner dialogue, the never ending conversion you have with yourself ( either inside your head or at times aloud) has a tremendous impact on your self-esteem, value as well as your accomplishments and / or failures.
Instead of saying “I feel like _ _ _ _” .
Choose to say “My health is improving”.
Do not bring negativity into your thoughts, or you will find it in your outcomes. And that’s something not very “Becoming”.
Words are an extremely powerful force available for our use. Motivation also plays an important role as we can opt to select words of encouragement, growth and hope or despair, anger and hate.
On our shared path of “Becoming”, I pray you are selecting the positive. The terms that help, heighten, heal, plus are hopeful, heartening and humble.
Let’s identify a few steps that help make your word choice work for you:
Harness the Positive Energy of Words
Encircle Yourself with Uplifting Expressions
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 “Boldly Declare”, here are some bold options to declare boldly.
Word that are not bold:
Words that Declare:
Bring into the open
Come out with
Shout from the rooftops
Tomorrow we’ll continue our conversation on declaring carefully chosen words as we’ll expand it to include the role of speaking confidently. I’ll also share some more options for selecting words carefully, properly and courageously as we continue along our shared journey of “Becoming Today”.