“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
WHAT A BIG OL’ LIE!
And our childhood retort?
“I’m rubber and you’re glue. Whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you!”
I bet THAT really hurt the offender! (insert sarcastic tone here)
These days, I’m working nonstop on my soon-to-be-launched signature Living At My Best™ course. I think a lot about words and their power.
Their power to heal. Their power to hurt. Their power to kill.
Mainly, I think about our own words, and how we allow the Thought Vandals™ to steal our life away.
I call this the CTS™ – Centralized Taser System. I’m sure you are familiar with it. You know, just when you’re trying your best… ZAP! Words from inside that lay out for you all the reasons you are doing it wrong, wearing it wrong, looking wrong. You are just WRONG! Never good enough. Always failing.
Have you noticed that about the Thought Vandals™. They just say stuff like it’s the truth and we believe them.
I know that you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about.
We say things to ourselves we would never allow anyone else to say.
We say things to ourselves we would never think of saying to someone else.
Where does all of this start? How do those radiant, dancing, swirling-around-in-the-sunlight little girls become such self haters?
I don’t understand all the psychology of how it happens, but I am on a mission to change things.
I have been that bold, little girl who believed that the world was a sparkling, shiny thing to play with. And then one day I woke up and I had turned into a self-recriminating, fearful, hiding-behind-the-mask woman. All the love in the world couldn’t convince me that I was okay.
It has taken two things to change me.
1) A Work of God’s Grace
2) Hard Freakin’ Discipline on my Part
This week, I’m sharing step one in the Why Your Words Wreck Your Life and 5 Ways to Win the War arsenal.
I hope that you’ll take the time to practice this simple little technique – and then you’ll be ready for next week’s step.
One Stepping Stone at a time and you will experience breakthrough into the life you want, and deserve.
Here it is…
This week, observe your internal thoughts. How often are they negative about YOU?
Are they words you would say to or about your friends, family, co-workers?
Are they words you would allow anyone to say to or about you?
Become AWARE of how you speak to yourself. Keep track of it. I bet you’ll be sadly surprised.
Next week, we’ll take step two.
In the meantime – stay away from sticks and stones, too.
Live Inspired! Live At Your Best!