Your Words Bring Either Death or Life
Let’s face it.
There are times in life when we are hitting on all cylinders.
We’re driven, focused, and motivated.
Then there are those times when all hell breaks loose and we can’t seem to get control of anything.
My friends and I often refer to these times in our lives as “dips,” and we all have them — so if you experience these periods of chaos, you’re not alone my friend.
Over the years I’ve discovered and used one BIG secret that always pushes me through the dips every time.
Whether I was experiencing a dip in my personal life struggling as a husband and father…or my 8 years of exercising without ANY progress…or the 3 years straight that I fell flat on my face failing with my fitness business…
If you focus on controlling this ONE thing, you can thrive in the presence of adversity and BUST through any sticking points you may have with your body…or your life.
NO. It’s not discipline…
NO. It’s not more willpower…
And NO. It’s not motivation.
It’s way easier to control than these intangibles.
What is it?
I don’t think many of us realize the power OUR WORDS can have on our “dips”, our energy, even our ability to be “happy” and stay consistent with our health and fitness plan.
If this doesn’t hit home, maybe you should consider the effect your words may have on others too.
Most people have no idea just how much power resides in what they say and “how” they say it.
Words can cut so deep the scars may never heal.
But your words can also build unstoppable confidence and self esteem when they’re used appropriately.
So do yourself a HUGE favor.
WATCH your words.
Whether you’re speaking words to others or speaking them to yourself in the form of thoughts…yourself is ALWAYS listening. 🙂
Your Words will bring either
death or life
And ultimately, your words become your actions, and your
actions become habits, and your habits become your destiny.
So good words = good habits.
Bad words = bad habits.
Boy, I could share some embarrassing stories about the stupid and hurtful words that have come out of my big mouth!
So be careful what you say and do because all of it comes back to you.
Good or bad.
It’s just “how” the world is wired.
If you say things that build people up and let them know they’re loved – it can make their day. And over time, it can change their lives AND yours.
But if you’re a negative Nancy or a David downer all the time, you’ll just go backwards in life and take the people around you along for the ride.
And because “death and life are in the power of the tongue,” and I’ve personally experienced the good power AND the bad power of my own words…
I truly believe this intangible secret was worth sharing because it’s personally helped me through so many “dips” in life.
I’m reading a book with all my Christian Fitness Brothers right now called, “The Richest Man Who Ever Lived”, by Steven Scott.
And it really has NOTHING to do with monetary riches.
It’s all about using the tools God gave us, like our words, to live a more successful, rewarding, and happier life.
It uses Solomon’s life as the perfect example and it has a whole chapter dedicated solely to this topic.
I wanted to quickly share the Daily Communication Checklist the author provides because it really helped me wrap my head around the power of our words.
Here is a daily list of questions you can ask yourself about your words and communication with yourself and others.
DAILY “WATCH YOUR WORDS” CHECKLIST
– Use “soft” answers to de-escalate tension, anger, or arguments?
– Use cutting words to tear someone down?
– Use encouraging words to build someone up?
– Say the right thing at just the right time to help encourage or support someone?
– Find ways to make my knowledge and words acceptable to others?
– Use persuasiveness rather than authority or force to make my argument?
– Listen before I spoke, or did I answer before I listened?
– Communicate wisdom and fairness?
– Use truthful communication that were honest?
– Did I exaggerate or mislead?
I highly recommend you use this list once in a while at the end of your day to think back over what you said.
So always do your best to CONTROL these two things when you hit your dips with fitness or any area of your life:
1. What goes IN your mouth.
2. What comes OUT of your mouth.
In my opinion, 98% of the population will never get this…But for those of us 2%ers who do, it can be LIFE-CHANGING.
Your friend and coach,
Shaun “watch your words” Hadsall
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