Words Never to Say at the Water Cooler (or Anywhere, Ever)

words for personal power

This is one of those tips that makes perfect sense and if it resonates with you—like it has with us—it will stay with you long after you read this. The concept is simple: Words have power and some words are far more powerful than others, so by choosing high-energy words, you will enhance your personal power in terms of creating what you want in your life, including, but not limited to, great health. The results are measurable and worth the effort.

First, let’s give credit to the expert who shared this tip with us: Yvonne Oswald, author of the book “Every Word Has Power” [globalwelcome.com]. According to Oswald, the unconscious mind is like the Internet, which recognizes and processes the key words in a sentence and responds by reminding you of all the other chains of words, memories and meanings stimulated by each key word.

Problem, failure, lazy, difficult, hard, worry and failure are all examples of low-energy key words. It’s important to note that when you use these words, the unconscious tends to focus on them and not, necessarily other words grouped with them, such as no, not or don’t.

For example, when someone says “thank you,” and you respond with “no problem,” your unconscious mind hears “problem” and goes out to find more of the same. On the other hand, “You’re welcome” sends a positive message to your brain.

If you tell yourself, “don’t worry,” you’re more likely to worry. But if you tell yourself, “you’ll be fine,” your unconscious will shift and believe the good news.

Low-energy words, such as hate, hard or worry, stimulate negative emotions in the middle or limbic brain, while high-energy words like joy, fun, laughter and harmony stimulate the cerebral cortex, which is the only place that great results come from. “It’s like letting the sunshine into your life,” says Oswald.

words for personal power

How does it work? “All sound produces a resonance and vibration which affects everything around it,” explains Oswald. “When you use a word like ‘hard’ it produces a reaction in the physical body which lowers or slows down the energy and drains the immune system. A word such as ‘joy’ produces an exciting high-energy reaction in the physical body, which boosts the immune system, opening up the door to health and success.”

Next time you’re at the office water cooler—or anywhere—be mindful of whether you’re using low-energy words, especially when you’re talking about yourself, to yourself or about any goals you’d like to accomplish. “Use words that include a healthy reason to achieve goals, such as ‘Fresh fruits and vegetables energize my body’ instead of ‘I’m going on a diet,’” advises Oswald. “Your subconscious mind has one prime directive: to keep you healthy and preserve your body.”

Wellness-at-Work Tip:

Oswald suggests finding a “switch” buddy, who could be a close coworker, to help change your language. When you or your buddy hear a low-energy word being used, simply say, “Switch!” You will be amazed at how many low-energy words you use every day. And it’s easier to hear someone else’s word than your own at first.

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