Words matter. Whether spoken aloud or self talk, words are the FABRIC that weaves together our perception of the way things are. It’s not that the words have magic, it’s more that we give them magic — they have the power to influence, magnify, focus and set the entire framework that we use to view the world. In other words, language creates and maintains our psychological “reality.” Words and thoughts are so intertwined that it is impossible to separate them. Can you have a thought without words? Can you have words without thoughts? Shakespeare though it was possible but not a great idea:
“My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.”
Clearly our choice of words influences, insults, and charms other people. But perhaps more importantly, if we say the right words to ourselves often enough, they can completely alter our attitude. The good news is that the mind is very susceptible to positive programming. The bad news is that the programmer is often asleep or in some endless daydream of worry and anxiety. Wake up and encourage yourself!