Vail Daily column: The right words at the right time
There are so many people who enjoy a good crossword puzzle, word search puzzle or unscrambling a word jumble. There are many folks who love a good play on words, an anagram, a pun or a great riddle. These word games and puzzles help keep our minds sharp and our creativity flowing.
As we know, words are extremely powerful. They can be powerfully positive and energizing or they can be powerfully destructive and hurtful. Words can be factual to help transfer knowledge and information or they can be used to mislead or manipulate situations and people.
There so many events happening in our own backyards as well as around the globe that leave people thinking about powerfully negative words. We hear people using powerfully negative words such as fear, terror, frustration, anger, rage, road rage, hopelessness, doubt, worry, anxiety, cynical, hate, mad, racism, revenge and others that are equally as negative or damaging when we dwell on them or let them change who we are or how we treat other people, especially people closest to us.
Obviously, we all deal with very real and difficult situations and sometimes those powerfully negative words are simply expressing very real feelings, I totally get that and understand how it can sometimes happen.
Yet in a world filled with uncertainty and change, we need to take the time to refuel our minds and our hearts with those powerfully positive words. We need to be deliberate in thinking beyond the fear, doubt and worry and instead focus our thoughts on the good, the possible and the hope for a better and brighter tomorrow.
Sounds too simple, doesn’t it? Maybe even a little naive? Maybe so, but stay with me on this and try it. Make a list of all the positive and powerful words that you can think of — words that you may already have committed to your own personal word bank. Keep this list in a visible place, place copies of the lists around your house, your office and your car. Share the lists or even one word at a time with your family, your friends or your coworkers.
I like to leave one-word notes around the house or send one-word texts or emails from time to time. I simply write or type words like faith, love, hope, encouragement, kindness, truth, happiness, thanks, blessings, appreciated, grateful, forgiveness, success, opportunity, commitment, passion, purpose, belief, special, sunshine, fantastic, joy, flourishing, achievement, accomplishment, driven or any other powerfully positive word that may come into my mind. I write them down and put them in a visible place or sometimes a hidden place where they can be found later. Or I quickly type it out and hit send.
The initial thought may be that I am doing this for the benefit of others, those who receive my encouraging words. But the reality is this, I am the biggest beneficiary of constantly and consistently using and sharing these positive words each and every time I write them down, type them out or allow myself to be deliberate in my thoughts. If we are not deliberate in thinking about the good, the possible and the hope for a better tomorrow, it’s just too easy to go along for the ride on the rollercoaster of negativity, up one side of a big problem and down the other side into the valley.
So how about you? What are your favorite words or what are those powerfully positive words you use to recharge your positive attitude and belief in the good and the possible? I would love to hear all about it at firstname.lastname@example.org and when we use the right words at the right time, it really will be a better than good week.
Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach and motivational speaker, and CEO of http://www.candogo.com. He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.
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