The message and the truth found in this particular Tip may be the easiest one of all to use, yet the one least practiced. The reason I say it is the easiest one to use is because each one of us has complete control over what comes out of our own mouth and what we say to other people. Yet, many of us fail to see the power that is directly associated with our own words.
Often when I speak to an audience, I spend a few minutes talking about this powerful concept and idea. I always feel a little “unheard” when I see their response. Most people just stare at me and very, very few of them take any notes. It seems as if I am speaking into the wind! Yet, 99% of all of the challenges that we will face this very day begin with the way we talk and interact with other people. In reality – our own words are our own best friend or our own worst enemy!
The power of our words is a concept that anyone can easily understand, but judging by the response of the audience, I either do not make my point very clear, or they are not able to receive what I am trying to say. It is almost as if I have said to the audience, “Please remember to breathe today!” No one is going to take notes on that because they will be thinking, “Well, I am going to do that!” But, people often do not see that the success of their endeavors in their business and personal relationships, as well as in their own physical health and many other facets of life, are directly related to the way they talk about things.
Life-giving words are words that are filled with encouragement, enthusiasm, support, hope, possibilities, goodness and many other positive aspects to daily living. Words of death are filled with despair, hopelessness, bitterness, negativity, rudeness and cynicism. They are harsh in nature.
When we speak words of life to others, it causes people to do better and try harder and in everything they attempt to do. When we speak words of death to people, it causes them to give up and not try. Discouraging words literally “take the life out of you”!
I realize there are times that we all need to say difficult things to other people. But even when we do so, we can do it in a gentle way that perhaps would bring about the desired end without destroying the relationship or the other person’s feelings in the process.
This week, pay closer attention to the words that come out of your mouth. Ask yourself if they are words of life or death. Ask yourself whether or not they are words you would want someone to say to you.
I am constantly amazed at the power of our words! It is the primary tool that brings about success in sales, relationships, teamwork, and possibilities for the future. The ability to speak words of life brings rich results and great rewards.
You are a great person and I am counting on you to succeed in all you do! See how powerful words are? Now go and do likewise!
Tip: Life and death are in your words!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm