Winston Churchill once said, “We are the masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.” This quote impressively drives home just how important it is to be cautious with our words.
Knowing just how much power your words have over people and ultimately yourself will give you a better understanding on how they affect behavior. It can also help you understand the advantage you can create for yourself and those around you when used correctly.
Let me tell you about the power that words have and how they affect your behavior.
Words like, “I want…,” “yes,” “I will…,” “thank you” and positive-centered phrases may sound selfish. Saying them aloud, however, puts them out into the universe and lets your actions work towards it. This is the subconscious effect of your positive words to your behavior, the law of attraction.
Encouraging others does the same. Remember how your words have power on how you make others feel. Cheering up someone who is feeling down will require a lot of positivity, so you had better choose your words wisely and project good vibrations only towards him or her.
For every notion of positivity there is plenty of opportunity for negativity. Dealing with negativity and employee performance, however, is about striking a balance. As a motivational speaker, I work in a space where the presence of negativity is undeniably obvious, be it in casual conversation or in a more formal, corporate setting. How should one counter an attitude of negativity? With positivity. My job is to create the balance; to be the equilibrium.
The rule applies for negativity in action or simply verbally expressed, and often they come in tandem. To combat negatively from both sides, your words and your actions have to be positive. Your upbeat words and message need to be mirrored by your positive, confident, happy body language.
The challenge comes from having the patience to carefully select the words and tone you choose to use. Great leaders will embody these fundamental principles and communicate with employees and staff in a positive, self-empowering way, regardless of the circumstance. That approach instills a calming reassurance that can help shape employees into future leaders.
It is not easy. In fact, it is deceptively difficult. Exuding confidence and positivity takes practice. But with your words, you can create change. If you need more help, do not hesitate to drop me a line and we can talk about how to further your employees’ growth and performance through positive words and actions.