Self Confidence and the Power Of Words, by Amy Zellmer
I’m changing things up this week! I have a guest blogger and friend, Amy Zellmer, talking to us about two of my favorite topics: Self Confidence and the Power of Words. Those that know me know how much I believe in the power of words. The words “I am” are two of the most powerful words in the universe. Everything that follows these words has immense power. Enjoy this article and pick up some tips that will help give your self confidence a boost!
Today I want to talk about the Power of Words and eliminating negative words from your vocabulary.
No more: Don’t, won’t, can’t, shouldn’t
The universe doesn’t recognize negative words. Therefore you are actually telling it you want more of what you’re saying. (“I don’t want crabby clients”…..turns into “give me more crabby clients”) I hear far too many talented creatives talk about can’t, won’t, shouldn’t and it floors me!
When you use negative words you are telling yourself to believe it to be true.
These aren’t the only words that are negative. By using regular words in a negative way also has the same negative effects on our lives. (ex: I want to lose 10 pounds so I am no longer fat!) What is the positive stimuli that you can replace that with? (I want to lose 10 pounds so I feel lighter and vibrant and more energetic). WOW! Can’t you just feel the difference in those two statements?? Going from a negative to a positive has a PROFOUND effect!
Also, using “want to” and “try to” can be negative to ourselves. I “want to” be a great entrepreneur one day. NO, you ARE a great entrepreneur. You need to start believing in yourself. I know it feels uncomfortable and awkward at first… but the more you do it the more natural it becomes. “I’ll try to do that” NO… you’re GOING to do that. When you say want or try you are giving yourself an escape route, a cop out.
A lot of times we don’t even realize we’re using these words and harming ourselves. I want you to start really paying attention to the wording that you use.When you catch yourself using a negative word, stop yourself and rephrase. Once you become very conscious of what you’re saying you will be amazed at the shifts and changes you see start happening in your life.
I remember when I first starting becoming conscious of the words I used. I would catch myself saying something like “My clients wouldn’t want that” and I would immediately catch it, stop what I was saying, and rephrase to something like “you know what, my clients WOULD like that something like that”. Holy cow what a powerful tool to be able to control what we are thinking!! I immediately started seeing results. Do I still occasionally catch myself saying these words?! of course I do! But i’m not hard on myself and I try my hardest to change what I am trying to convey!! The power is in being AWARE and making a conscious shift in thinking!
A lot of these negative statements come from deep seeded beliefs and fears in ourselves. Using negative words and phrases can be detrimental to our business, as well as to ourselves personally. It is next to impossible to have self confidence if you are using negative words and phrases.
It’s your turn: What are some of the negative things you are aware that you have been saying? How can you turn that into a positive? Push yourself with these. If you can’t believe in yourself, why on earth should anybody else? You’ve totally got this!! Please comment below!
Amy Zellmer is a Creative Coach who lives in Saint Paul, MN with her Yorkie, Pixxie. She works with Creative Entrepreneurs who are ready to work through the issues that are holding them back and keeping them stuck. She believes that we ALL deserve as much success as we aspire to have, and she can help you get there!! Grab her free toolkit “3 Simple Strategies To Supercharge Your SUCCESS!!” at: www.mycreativebizcoach.com and connect with Amy on social media:
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