Do you know that every thought we think and every word we speak is just another kind of affirmation that we may affirm to others and ourselves? It’s not only our thoughts that have power in our lives, but also our words, the ones we write or the ones we utter perhaps have more influence in our lives, and the life of others.
The good thing about writing, at least you can edit your words, your writing contents, or erase everything and start over until you say okay this is what I want to convey to my audience, or to myself. But with your spoken words, it’s totally different. Far too often we are not aware of what we say to ourselves or others; we are not aware of the impact of our words that come out our mouth, only after we say it, we recognize how constructive or destructive they can be.
Even the well-spoken and articulate people, they have their moments of the slip of the tongue. We all have had our moments before when we accidentally said something that we did not intend to say or reveal at certain moments, or when we were having conversations with other individuals.
You know, the whole idea of affirmations and declarations is to build us up to become the people we want to become or believe are meant to be. With affirmations and declarations, the intention is that, when we declare, speak, or read those positive statements, affirmations, or declarations that we want for ourselves, they are supposed to influence us, lift us up, move or drive us towards to what we affirm or declare of ourselves, about our circumstances, our goals, and so on. And they are like seeds that we plant into our minds, or on our mindsets. The goal is that as we continue to declare and affirm those things, they will become the dominant things, or thoughts, or ideas on our minds. They become the thoughts, or things that we pay attention the most.
But do you know, what we repeatedly tell ourselves whether we are aware of it or not, it is what has been shaping our life experiences and encounters. Our words have creative power. I have shared before that thoughts are things. What we think about we bring about. Basically, our thoughts, just like our words, both have power to shape our life experiences. Not only that, they also have power to shape other people experiences.
The Bible says there is power in your tongue or your words. So, be careful what you say about yourself, or what you tell others. In the book of Proverbs chapter 18 verses 20-21, it says, “From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
There is also this Swahili proverb that says, “Mdomo Una Umba,” which has similar meaning. Basically, our words and tongues can cause a person to rise or fall, can inspire and motivate people to dream to succeed, but also they can do just the opposite steal or kill other people dreams, or aspirations, maybe because of how we said it, and how they received it. Words are double-edged swords, they can cut both ways. They can pierce a soul, or a heart, or save, encourage, and protect the soul or heart, and restore it.
Whatever we say to ourselves, our vocabulary will always lead us to do things or to situations that will justify what we say about ourselves. For instance; if you keep saying you are broke all the time to the point you believe it, soon or later you will become broke. You will keep doing things to make you become broke even if initially you were not really broke. Why? And the reason is this; by this time you truly believe, or your subconscious mind believe that you are broke, therefore it causes you to do things that will lead you to being broke. For example; if you had a little bit money saved, you will start getting the urge to spend it.
This is what I have learned; in order to have change that can last, it takes time, a lot of practice and dedication to wanting to change. And we can start small.
One, we can begin by filtering out the negative speeches when we read them, or hear them. We cannot escape all the negativity that surrounds us, but we can filter out the implications they can have on us. We can also stop concentrating on them, and choose to ignore them until they no longer have an effect on us. The best way to do this is to feed ourselves with more positivity, and uplifting words, speeches and information until we have less room for negativity to the point where the negative ones will also begin to disappear. They will be no longer the things we give our attention to.
Two, we can decided to minimize negativity when we speak it. One thing we can learn from the articulate and well-spoken people is that, they think careful before they speak. I know, right? How do they do that? Well, it comes with practice. They have trained themselves and their minds over and over again to think before they speak. They know the impact of it. They also know the impact of positive speech.
The book of Psalm chapter 141 verse 3 has this incredible scripture we can use to pray to God for help. It says, “Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.” We can use that as an affirmation. We can also create affirmations such as “My words will be an encouragement and a blessing.”
We tend to speak a great deal of negativity. I don’t know about you, sometimes when I read my journal, I am amazed of how negative or positive sometimes I can be. Once we learn that our thoughts and our words have such big impact to our worlds, it will change us to want to be careful with our words, and train and feed our minds with positivity, uplifting, inspiring thoughts, statements, and transforming information.
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