Perhaps the most poetic line ever written was penned by William Shakespeare in Act II Scene II of Romeo & Juliet when Juliet stand on the balcony after learning that her newfound love was a dreaded Montague.
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
Words have power.
Words have led to love and words have led to war.
Them’s Fightin’ Words was the beginning of a shoot out at the OK Corral.
Yet, think about the power that a few simple words have to soften a situation.
Remember when someone uttered the words, “I love you.”
Now think about when someone said thank you.
Wow what powerful force the words thank you have.
To express gratitude is to show deep respect to the giver.
Mark Twain once said “the difference between the right word and the almost right word is really a large matter – it is the difference between the lightning and the lightning bug.”
Think about this the next time you talk to yourself.
The words you use will reinforce your thoughts which will then reinforce your beliefs.
What happens when you say to yourself the following?
I’m so stupid.
I can never do anything right.
I’m such a failure!
Now let’s reframe those words to be more powerful.
I learned something new.
Let’s figure out how to improve on this
I learned what didn’t work.
We need to be cautious with the words we use because they will shape our future.