"Life and death are in the power of the tongue."
So why is this small bodily member regarded as a weapon of mass destruction... and mass enrichment? What is the source of its secret strength?
I think it's power is in the words it releases.
Would you agree that words carry power? Every word we release to the world seems to either build up or tear down; it either benefits or detracts from the person or situation it's directed at. But it's not only the spoken word.
Have you ever felt a change of emotion when reading written words? Of course you have. Words seem to carry an energy with them that is transfered to the reader. Certainly the resulting emotional impact depends a lot on how the words are received and handled by the recipient, because we all have different associations connected to the words we hear, but there have even been studies that indicate that words have an effect on physical things too (have a read Masaru Emoto's book, The Hidden Messages in Water).
Knowing that better behaviour (i.e. better performance) is the key to better results in life, and that behaviour is inextricably linked to our emotional state, we certainly should make use of the emotional dynamics evident in our response to words that we read or hear.
So, let's get practical.
The next time you're feeling under the weather, grab a little time (ideally a minimum of 3 minutes) and simply repeat to yourself the positive words on the list below. Here's the best way to approach this:
- Scan over the list and see which words seem to evoke the most positive emotional state.
- Look at the first word you've chosen and stay with it for at least half a minute. Think it, mull it over, chew on it, dwell on it, absorb it, let its meaning fill your entire body.
- Speak it out. Start to express the meaning of the word aloud. You can express it in a variety of ways. Whisper it, talk it, shout it - whatever works for you, only imagine you're in acting school and the director has told you to put your heart and soul into what you're saying (darling).
- Then move onto the next word and do the same thing.
So, here's the list, make sure you follow the steps above...
After 3 to 5 minutes of doing this, notice if there has been any change in your emotional state. How are you feeling now? Do you feel more peace? More energy? Have any new thoughts or ideas have come to mind since you started this?
Post a quick comment below to tell me how you got on.
Notice that I'd only listed as far as the letter F ! :-)
Would you like the full list?
If you'd like to get hold of the list of nearly 400 emotional states that I use with my clients - both positive and negative, you can get it free by signing up here.
And let me know how you get on.