The Power of the Spoken Word
Would you be surprised to know that happy, wealthy and successful people choose their words carefully?
A verse in the Bible comes to mind; “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was made Flesh”
Our thoughts and feelings are expressed as the words we have incorporated into our vocabulary.
Our words take on physical form via our action which when repeated become habits.
Our habits determine our level of success; in other words life is a self fulfilling prophecy
Our vocabulary reflects how we think and feel about ourselves and others (as discussed in this conversation I had with Stephanie Kakris, Founder of HighPerformanceClub.com).
Can you see then that our words when repeated often enough become our reality; if that is the case wouldn’t you rather that they be empowering words that will put you in the right head and heart space to problem solve, be creative and succeed?
I do not believe in such a thing as a casual remark. The words some people use to describe themselves (e.g., not good enough, could do better, just average) are hallmarks of subterfuge.
These are self sabotaging and undermine a person’s efforts at becoming successful.
I believe that when we change the way we think and speak we change the amount of money we earn/make.
What is in your vocabulary when it comes to investing, making money or running a business?
Here are some phrases I often hear that are disempowering or as I call like, “Shooting yourself in the foot” language. Such words and phrases roll off the tongue so easily that people can slip into the “being average is ok” groove that is destined to keep them just over broke.
I have in parentheses my interpretation of what a person is really wanting to say. Feel free to disagree!
- Oh, I am just dabbling in the stock market (Lack of commitment to giving it your all and going for it because of a fear of failure or success)
- They are filthy rich, obscenely wealthy (The implied is that having a lot of money or being interested in making a lot of money is crass, unrefined and not genteel. A person is somehow crude and base for openly talking about making money and wanting to be rich.)
- The taxman is always out to get you (Victim mentality?)
- Making money is hard work and not fun (Limiting self belief)
- I don’t want to take on any debt (Not understanding the difference between good and bad debt)
- It scares me to be self employed (Unclear about financial goals coupled with low self confidence)
- Don’t tell me what to do (Why so defensive??)