Has anyone ever said to you “it’s your world, we are all just living in it”? The truth is, we all live in our own world that consist of our own personal beliefs, or perceptions, which drive our behavior. Our language and our words play a large part in forming these perceptions of our world. The words we use are powerful tools that can be used to lift our energy and improve our lives; however, we are often unaware of the words we speak, read, and expose ourselves to!
Think about a friend or family member that complains a lot. Do you leave the conversation feeling down and drained? Conversely, how many times a day do you notice yourself saying things like, “I hate my body,” “I’m such an idiot,” “I’m so clumsy”? A lot of people habitually repeat these words to themselves and don’t realize the negative energy the words bring and how they physically affect our bodies. The more that we hear, read, or speak a phrase, the more power it has over us. Why? Because our brains use repetition to learn therefore helping us to make sense of the world around us.
The Illusion of Truth Effect explains and proves that any statement we read, see, or speak regularly is seen as more valid than one we’re exposed to only occasionally. The phenomenon states that it makes no difference whether the information is true or false, rather the only thing that matters is how often we are exposed to it. Now, think about how many times you have called yourself stupid, untalented, ugly, etc. and you can see how the repetition of your internal voice has shaped your self-image.
So then, if our thoughts and words are major tools that create our reality and affect our energy and that of those around us, it only makes sense that we should pick the positive ones over the negative!
Five ways to shift a negative energy by using words:
1. Become aware of your thoughts and words
Simply noticing the words we think and say is the best way to begin to make changes.
2. No name-calling or self-deprecating
This type of language is what is keeping you down. Be kind and offer yourself the same compassion that you extend to others.
3. No gossiping or speaking negatively of others
This not only makes you look bad in front of others, but your body harbors the negativity.
4. Reframe your negative experiences with positive words
Instead of saying that the concert was terrible say, “I’ve seen better.” You’ve still gotten your message across, but without releasing negative energy into your atmosphere.
5. Surround yourself with positive words and phrases
Seeing is believing. Decorate your office with positive phrases that you connect with, wear clothing that sport uplifting words, write yourself a nice message on a sticky note and stick it on the fridge! If you read these positive words enough, subconsciously you will begin to believe them!