Words, their meaning and importance have been central to our conversations this week on Becoming Today. Yesterday we talked a bit about better expressing ourselves and our word choices and now we’ll examine how to further strengthen the message you are articulating, and that will also include turning those utterances into actions.
Yesterday I mentioned a recent study that reveals that in the past year we as a collective planet have used more words than ever before. That’s a fact that has been noted regularly throughout this century, however in our pandemic readjusted realities, it’s been further accelerated.
However the quality of our words is declining greatly.. The meaning,associated with our word choices, the tone and the acceptance of them has also been marginalized like never before.
That makes it all the more important to refresh our skills of communication along our shared journey so that others may have common definitions, combined understandings and truly are hearing what we are trying to say.
Now we’ll continue our conversation on declaring carefully chosen words as we expand our discussion to include “Living Your Words”.
Words have meaning directly impacting actions and outcomes. And those actions can definitely affect how our words are either accepted or rejected. If you continually say things, and then don’t back them up, or brag about beliefs and then do not live them, those consistencies of inconsistencies will trump truth every time.
So I hear some of you murmuring, what does she mean by “Live What You Say”?
I’m trying to convey that old expression: “Walk your talk”.
That not only should someone do as they say, but that we also must accept personal responsibility for keeping our words and actions in alignment. Balancing ourselves with clarity and truth in our statements and works.
Some may be more familiar with the form of the phrase “talk the talk, walk the walk”. Still it is defined as a person should support what they say, not just with words, but also through action.
I know these witticisms are not new, but they have become part of our collective consciousness, traditional recitations, folkloric if you will, because they have stood the test of time. They transcend generations, cultures and even centuries. Some of them have been shared in English for hundreds of years. According to The Library of Congress’ Phrase Finder, the first recorded written usage of the saying in the U.S. comes from the Mansfield (Ohio) News, in June 1921:
“Although he has no gilded medals upon his bosom, Howard Herring of the North American Watch company, walks the walk, and talks the talk of a hero today.”
Plus the thought processes and importance behind these sayings goes back a whole lot further as in Scripture we find a multitude of references including:
Matthew 5:16 (ESV) “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Titus 1:16 (ESV) “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.”
Colossians 3:17 (ESV) “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Then let’s talk a little about how we start to or correct our path to “Live What You Say” as we continue on our shared journey of “Becoming Today”.
We already acknowledge that words are important because they have meaning. Those meanings are amplified and given power by the actions we take, or empower others to do so. So let’s begin at the beginning, where did the words come from? Our thoughts, attitudes and beliefs.
In order to properly work our A.B.B.s ( Always Be Becoming), it all starts with focusing on and accentuating upon the positive. Surround yourself with positivity. Use your affirmations. Expand upon them. Express a positive attitude in your appearance, maybe you have clothes emblazoned with cheerful, forward-looking, empowered messages; wear them. It all helps to remind your mind where it should reside.
Pay Attention To Your Thoughts
We all are familiar with the quote, “cogito, ergo sum”.
Not ringing a bell?
Well that’s probably because most of us don’t speak Latin and have probably heard Rene Descartes (French Philosopher) words translated as “I think, therefore I am”.
Pay attention to what you’re thinking and how you are embracing or denying those images to yourself.Ask yourself if this belief is true? Would you say it to a friend? If not, then don’t say it to yourself. Which leads us to…
Develop Positive Self Talk
Those endless conversions that go on inside of you, and sometimes aloud when you think you’re alone are the starting line. How you talk to yourself can either help you move on or keep you bogged down.
One technique to improve your internal dialogue is to create a reassuring, reaffirming mantra.
Instead of limiting yourself by thinking things like “Why me? Why did this happen to me!” Declare positive energy. Try something like, “I am so fortunate to be “Becoming”. Finding this new positive path in life is good for me.”
Speak your truth
Find your voice. Use your words. Express yourself. Do not limit yourself. The truth will set you free.To live an empowered life open yourself to a “Becoming”.
Be purposeful in living for great expectations, realizations and continued growth. Empowerment means that you are stronger, bolder, more secure. Better able to deal with those distractions, circumstances and moments of stress. Deciding to empower yourself allows for you to make superior decisions, including having the conscious determination to be “Becoming”. By that action you are committing to continue evolving to the next higher level.
Yes you will still encounter delays, obstacles and troubles. However, accepting the responsibility for your own empowerment, by focusing on who you are and where you want to be, allows for you to live a life that is truly authentic, more rewarding and of significance.
And if you encounter resistance, hold yourself with Grace.
Haters will always hate. Gossips will run their mouths and the fearful will try to scare you.
Hold your head high, shoulders back and nurture yourself in your new empowered confidence and in who you are “Becoming Today”.
Now that you’re ready to walk your talk and retain focus on the positive, let’s talk about how to implement those steps.
It all comes back to the words. The words you choose to communicate not only with others, but also yourself. The expressions you select whether written or verbal to convey who you are, what you want, where you need to be and how you are planning to get there.
Embrace positive emotions and use constructive, practical, useful, pragmatic, productive, helpful, worthwhile, beneficial, effective, efficacious, optimistic, hopeful, confident, forward-looking, cheerful, sanguine, buoyant, assured, upbeat terms, names, expressions, designations, locutions, turns of phrase, idioms, appellations, in your inspired uplifting expressions of who you are truly “Becoming”.
To better equip you along the part of our shared walk here is our list of positive words:
Hope ( See also yesterday’s list of Hopeful Words)
Happy ( How did that wind up so far down the list? 😀)
Love ( looks like we saved the best for last! 💗)
More than likely not only a bold word, Love is the strongest of all positive emotions. That’s why love being directed towards yourself, another individual, a group of people, or even all humanity is of utmost importance to boldly declaring our carefully selected words, spoken in confidence as we live what we say on this journey we call “Becoming Today”.
I am believing for 20/20 + 1 to be not only the best year of my life yet, but am praying for you to achieve the same. In the coming days, weeks and months we’ll continue to embrace these concepts of what exactly it is I, we and us are “Becoming Today”.
How we can support each other in these advancements and realizations plus how we can share this improved vision with all those we live with, adjacent to, near by as well as those we have not yet met.
So again I’ll invite you to actively or passively get involved. Take action in your thoughts to motivate your progress. Impress it in your spirit. Not quite ready yet? Well keep coming back for the encouragement you may need.
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