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Words Have Power

Updated: Feb 1

“Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up.” -Ann Bradford

When I’m at my best, I’m very aware of the words I choose to use and how I choose to use them. We’ve all had moments we looked back and thought, “Did I just say that out loud?”

If you’re like me, you’ve walked away from discussions feeling one of two things: unfulfilled/disappointed or empowered/satisfied.


For me, the difference has everything to do with how I communicated. The more I focus on the words I use—making the choice of putting a positive spin on my message—the more I understand others and their “come-from.”


I challenge you to try this exercise for a day. Change the way you speak to always focus on what you want:

  • Don’t run! becomes Please walk.

  • I don’t want spaghetti becomes I want a hamburger.

  • I’m not going to be late becomes I’ll be on time.

  • Don’t yell becomes Please speak in a calm voice.

  • I’m not cleaning up after you becomes Clean up when you’re finished.

  • I hate when people talk down to me becomes I appreciate when people speak to me as an equal.

  • Disrespect sucks becomes Respect is important to me.

Most of us have heard, “Say what you mean and mean what you say.” Give it a shot for a day. You might just like your results!


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