Do the words that we choose to use have significance?

Words hold far greater power than most people imagine, which is why it’s vitally important to choose those words wisely. Words on the pages of a book transport you to an imaginary world. Words on the pages of a screen can educate you on a subject you love. Unfortunately, words sometimes take us places we didn’t want to go.

Words are supposed to express meaning and describe experiences. Words come with emotion. Your feelings and emotions create situations and the words that you use can shape your experience.

When someone asks you how you are today, how do you respond? Are you the type of person who says fine or the type of person who says great? It sounds small, and it may feel awkward to say something other than fine or okay.

However, you have to change how you approach words if the words you use don’t accurately reflect your situation. It’s worth the effort and as you make subtle changes like this it will start to feel more natural.

As you start to use positive words you will notice a change in how you feel. Positive words create happiness – those are the words you should use, those are the words you should dwell on, and that are the words you should build conversations around.

Your words aren’t just influencing you, how you communicate influences others. When you communicate, there are three big tips we can provide you with to help you do so effectively.

Common Words

Choosing common words is an important aspect of effective communication. You may have a vast vocabulary but showing it off won’t help you if others cannot understand what you are trying to communicate.

People don’t appreciate when others show off. If you know your audience, then you can craft your message with them in mind. If you’re speaking to a group of five-year-olds, then you choose easy words everyone will understand. If you are speaking to a group of trainees, then you avoid using jargon. The words you use can effectively communicate or they can send the message that you think you’re better than everyone else.

Fewer Words

With shrinking attention spans, it’s important that you get right to the point. Think about how much information people are being inundated with on a daily basis. Now, media sites tell you alongside the headline how long the read is.

We don’t have time, we don’t have the attention, just skip to the end. If you want to communicate effectively, then do so in as few words as possible. It’s one thing if you’re writing a flowery book, it’s quite another if you’re trying to get a message across.

Leverage The Power of Words

Words become more powerful the fewer you use. There are certain words which are viewed as being more powerful, a quick internet search will uncover a list of them for you. Or, you can start paying attention to how you respond emotionally as you read various articles, blogs, and books.

What words elicit a positive emotional response from you?

What words grab your attention or make you click on an article?

Why do you think that is?

How can you leverage the power of words?

Before you speak or type, filter your thoughts. If what you’re about to say is going to cause trouble or stir up negative thoughts, park it. Commit to avoiding gossip and reducing your complaints. When you communicate with others, choose positive words and phrases to convey your feelings and thoughts.

By choosing your words wisely, you are choosing to change your life.