Quite often we underestimate the power of the things we say. Words have incredible power. Speaker, activist, actress, and inspiration Maya Angelou once said, a word is a thing. She knew firsthand the impact of words spoken. When she was 8 years old, she stopped speaking. She silenced her voice because she thought that saying the name of the man who raped her had caused his murder.
I came across a quote that said argue for your limitations and you get to keep them. It made me stop for a moment to ponder the depth of the statement. I thought about all the times I argued for the things that were going poorly in my life. And then I remembered how they remained that way. I kept making a case for them with each argument, you see. Sometimes it’s easy to make a case for all that’s going wrong in your life or business. Clients aren’t paying on time so you say your business is broke. Staff is underperforming so you believe you’re a bad manager. For every situation that is seemingly working against the vision for your life and your business, you find a case to argue for it. So the conditions remain. Change the way you speak. Be mindful of the things you say.
A word is a thing.