We’ve all heard about the power of words; but how conscious are you about your choice of words, the way you use them and the effect they have on your world.
Online and offline, without awareness, words can drain your energy, hurt others, and make you ugly (ya, ugly. Don’t believe me? There’s hideous proof below).
If you wanna use words as a tool for human connection, inspiration, creativity, and problem-solving…read on.
The Do’s & Don’ts Of Word Usage
1. Don’t gossip. There’s nothing worse than using other people’s sad stories as entertainment.
Do discuss ideas. The more wacky and “unrealistic” the better.
2. Don’t whine and complain. Nobody likes energy vampires.
Do ask for advice and discuss solutions.
3. Don’t say “sorry”, “please”, “thank you” like you were trained to do so. It takes the power right out of those magical words.
Do say them with heart and intention…as if you’re actually aware of the words coming outta your mouth.
4. Don’t “argh”, “ugh”, or “pfft”. Passive aggression is not hot.
Do sit with the uncomfortable feelings. Acknowledge and be aware. Then release the angst via acceptance or respectful communication.
And then shake it off to this tune when you’re ready for a smooth transition into your happy self.
Do drop the eff bomb if you wanna pack an extra punch when encouraging or celebrating.
Bad words + a positive message = extreme levels of highly contagious enthusiasm.
6. Don’t tell mean jokes. It ain’t funny if feelings get hurt.
Do tell classic, corny, silly, clever jokes if you’re looking to make someone smile.
7. Don’t be a silent admirer.
Do talk to people the way you talk to your best friend. Casual language opens the door to a more human connection.
8. Don’t go about your day pretending like the people you interact with are nameless.
Do read the name tag. Address the bank teller, the grocery clerk, your server by their names. Paying attention to those details make people feel loved. And they’ll probably be extra nice to you.
Keep in mind that all of the above is applicable to your Facebook status, your Twitter feed, your text messages, and your emails.
Follow these guidelines and you’ll find that your kids will adopt them too. Although, depending on your parenting style, you might wanna censor your extreme levels of highly contagious enthusiasm until they reach a certain age.
P.S. I struggle with many items on the list. So if you catch me in a bout of unconscious chatter, call me out.
Of the eight listed above, which one do you find to be the most challenging? Leave a comment below.
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I'm Nat Nanton, founder of Tutu Mama. Becoming a mother has made me commit to living my greatest life. If you can relate to that, you're in the right place.
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