The Power of Words

In a blog post by Michael Hyatt, he offers three suggestions for how a shift in your vocabulary can instantly change your attitude.  This communication topic sparked my curiosity because words have power. Words impact others, but they can also have an impact on us.

You must be the change you want to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

What is the change you want to see in the world?  How will a small shift in vocabulary impact your attitude?

Here are 3 suggestions, start now.

1.  Become aware of your vocabulary.  The first step is to actually become aware of the words you are using.  Notice the difference between try and do.

2.  Start using “get to” rather than “have to.”  You don’t need to become compulsive about this, but start using the language of privilege (get to) rather than duty (have to.)  Here are a few examples.

I don’t have to workout this morning; I get to workout.  What a privilege to be healthy and care for my body.

I don’t have to attend this career fair; I get to attend.  What a privilege to meet and connect with new people who can help me with my career search.

I don’t have to hire a new employee; I get to hire.  What a privilege to attract top talent and grow my business.

3.  Notice the difference it makes in your attitude.  For starters, it can suddenly make you more grateful.  Rather than dreading an activity or feeling resentful, you will feel more appreciative.

As for me, I don’t have to write a blog post; I get to write.  What a gift to share my insight, perspectives and voice with others.  This small gift helps me become the change I want to be.

What do you GET to do today?

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