Sometimes all it takes to change our perspective is to change one word.
Before a big talk, switching out nervous for excited.
It completely changes the energy – allows me to maintain a sense of peace and calm, while feeling energized and inspired.
I’m mindful of the language I use with the little man too. Instead of saying, “You scared me” – I say “You startled me” – it expands his vocabulary, and avoids suggesting there should be fear associated with the experience of being startled.
Don’t get me wrong; there may still be (an experience of fear upon being startled). But not because I’m suggesting the two are part and parcel.
I once had a client tell me he was lazy.
I suggested that self-identifying with that word would continue to make it so.
That came as quite a revelation.
Language has so much power. The words we use are so important.
I keep a list on the board above my desk of some of my favorite feeling words, and tonight I feel like sharing them with you.
Which ones are your favorites? Do you have other faves?
Please share them in the comments.
Here are mine:
Which ones do you connect with the most?
What are your favorite feeling words? Please share in the comments.