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Published:August 19th, 2005 10:03 EST
Brilliant Thought for the Week: Do you believe in the power of words?

Brilliant Thought for the Week: Do you believe in the power of words?

By Simon Bailey (Mentor/Columnist)

Do you believe in the power of words?

Let me tell you a story: A teacher had twenty students in her class. She consistently told ten of the students they were brilliant and super intelligent, and she told the other ten they were miserable failures. The next time she gave them an exam, the students who were told they were brilliant, did extremely well. But the students who were told they were failures, failed. Why? I am convinced that every word spoken carries positive or negative energy that causes some people to succeed and others to fail. Make every word count!

Words are profoundly powerful. Words have started " and stopped " wars. Words have saved lives and put others to death. Words can literally change the course of your life. Consider what happens when a man asks a woman to marry him and she says, šI do. › The simple exchange of words (the wedding vows) causes two people to redesign their entire lives around each other and their union.

Make every word count!

Words can pull you into mediocrity or push you toward excellence. What words are pulling on you? Are they the toxic words of someone from your past that still haunt you in the present? What words are pushing you? More than likely, they are the positive, encouraging words of someone who believes in you.

Make every word count!

Where you are in your life right now is the sum total of every word you`ve ever spoken, every word that`s been spoken to you, and every word that`s been spoken over you. Words create pictures on the movie screen of your mind. Then, you act out externally the ideas and beliefs that are projected in your imagination. Every word that flows out of you from your spirit or that has been deposited into your spirit by another, awaits your arrival in the future.

Make every word count!

You`ve heard the old saying, šYou are what you eat ›? Well, I have a new spin on that. Simon Says ¦

You are what you speak!

My Brilliandeer (life coach) Dr. Mark Chironna told me several years ago, šIf you intend to be a world-class communicator, you must remember that it`s not what you say, but what`s behind what you say that makes the difference. › In other words, character is not built in a public setting; character is built when no one is watching. The choices you make and the words you speak when no one is around are indicators of your true self. What you say in your quiet moments of desperation can make you or break you.

Make every word count!

The words that I share with you each week come from my heart and, hopefully, connect with your heart. When they do, you feel as if I`m talking directly to you. I share what resonates in my spirit. I`m living what I write about. This is who I am. The older I get, the more I realize I don`t have to hide my true self. I don`t have to work to make you think I`m something that I`m not. I am free to be me. The chains of self-limiting beliefs no longer bind me. A wise person once said, šIt`s not who you are that holds you back, it`s who you think you`re not. ›

Make every word " and thought " count!

I sense in my spirit that some of you are bound, stuck, defeated, even depleted, in your marriage, finances, relationships and profession. Your life is on hold because of what someone once said to you. I invite you to break free of the words and beliefs that are holding you prisoner. Find your voice. A world of possibility awaits you. Use words to free yourself from the inside out. Once you are free, no matter what happens outside of you, it can`t touch what is inside of you.

Make every word count!

How can you make certain that every word you speak counts? First, develop your word power. A group of researchers wanted to study the effects of word power on income. The subjects were college students from the same graduating class at a large university. Each student was given an English vocabulary test and then tracked for the next 20 years. Those students who scored the highest (i.e., knew the definitions of the most words) were consistently in the highest income group. On the other hand, the students with the worst vocabulary scores were consistently in the lowest income group 20 years later. Which group would you be in? Developing your word power is critical ¦and there is no better way to increase your word power than to read " every day.

Second, make every word positive. Mahatma Gandhi knew the importance of being positive: šKeep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive, because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive, because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny. ›

Every word you speak carries the essence of your spirit, the substance of your character, and the energy of your soul. My friends, words do matter. That`s why Simon Says ¦

Make every word count!

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