The Language of Hope

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.”

                                            Mohandas K. Gandhi

Gandhi was a wise man.  This article will focus on the words portion of that quote. Using more hopeful language can help you become positive in many aspects of your life.  The power of language and the thoughts behind them influence our feelings and actions.  They are influenced through subconscious and conscious means.  Understanding why is much less important to me than showing you how new words can change those feelings and actions.

What if I told you that eliminating negative feelings you have about yourself is as easy as changing the way you talk?  Reorienting your language can help change your life.  Think about the different Facebook status that you come across.  Some of the negative status that you read over and over again are by the same people.  Their cynical and negative nature comes across in most aspects of their lives.  As you read this, you may even decide you are that person.  There is no judgement here, but just take note that the people who try to be positive (not overly) and tempered have an overall better outlook on life, that stems from their words, into their thoughts, out in their actions, and across in their Facebook status.  They might not be skinnier, smarter, or better.  It may just be that the language they use creates groundwork for a more positive outcome; you have to be willing to change your words.

Enlist this new set of standards in your language:

1. Say Goodbye to Can’t, Don’t, and Never

2. Be cautious with Always and All (extreme words make us feel worse and defeated)

3. Use Self-Affirmations (I am good the way I am, I am happy to be me, I can be successful)

4. Eliminate self-judgement (don’t analyze yourself in the mirror)

5. Take non-judgmental stances (the more we critics others, the harder it is to have positive words)

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