Three baseball umpires were talking about balls and strikes.
The first umpire—who was brand new to the career—said, "You can definitely tell whether a ball is in the strike zone or outside of it. So, I call 'em as they are."
The second one, who had been an umpire for about three years, said, "I used to think that I called them as they were, but the best I can do is call 'em as I see 'em."
The third umpire, who was the senior of the three and had thirty-plus years' experience, said, "When I was new, I thought I called them as they were, and then I moved into calling them as I saw them, now I know that they are nothing until I call them!"
The lesson here is to call things as you want them. In the game of life, YOU are the umpire. Don't call yourself out. Call a home run!
Choose Your Words Wisely
Words have power. Be self-aware and speak words that empower and build yourself and others. Words create energy, and that energy creates your life.
The problem with expressing all your woes and discontent over and over is that you'll only get more of the same. (Unfortunately, this is what most of us do.)
Instead, choose not to demoralize yourself or others. Do not amplify your problems by repeating that same old story to everyone (or yourself). If things are not as you would like, change the story.
Words are more powerful than most people are willing to acknowledge.
Science proves that your words are the roadmap to your life. They lead your mind, body, and environment. Therefore, if you affirm confidence, optimism, peace of mind, and zest for life, that is what will manifest.
In the book Conscious Language, Robert Tennyson Stevens writes: "Language is our operating system, shaping our thought and reality as specifically as a set of blueprints defines the architect's ideas to the builder."
How does your life's blueprint look? Are you building something grand, or are you tearing it down with the words you choose?
In the book Words Can Change Your Brain, authors Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman state:
"By holding a positive and optimistic [word] in your mind, you stimulate frontal lobe activity. This area includes specific language centers that connect directly to the motor cortex responsible for moving you into action. And as our research has shown, the longer you concentrate on positive words, the more you begin to affect other areas of the brain. Functions in the parietal lobe start to change, which changes your perception of yourself and the people you interact with. A positive view of yourself will bias you toward seeing the good in others, whereas a negative self-image will include you toward suspicion and doubt. Over time the structure of your thalamus will also change in response to your conscious words, thoughts, and feelings, and we believe that the thalamic changes affect the way in which you perceive reality."
How to Speak Positively
The energy created by words form vibrations. Vibrations create your world, your reality.
In a previous blog titled "30 + Daily Affirmations to Change the World (And Your Life)," I talked about the importance of affirming yourself with words. Affirmations are essential because of the beautiful, powerful energy that positive words give to our lives.
For example, the next time you're tempted to say, "I hate Mondays," catch yourself and replace it with this thought: "I am going to make this Monday great."
"Language is central to our experience of being human, and the language we speak profoundly shape the way we think, the way we see the world, the way we live our lives." — Lera Boroditsky
Each of us is full of interpretations, beliefs, and explanations and we each get to choose where they take us.
Does your life need transcendence? Well then, you now know what to do.
Words not only shift you personally, they can also shift the world. Harry Potter fans may remember this quote from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: "Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it."
Have you ever thought of your words as a source of magic? I bet not, yet they can be more magical than a wand in your hand.
Affirm Your Life
Learning to speak more positively is a work in progress. Start today so that, years from now, you can be a more uplifted and positive soul.
Below are some questions to ask yourself:
- Who will you share your gratitude with today?
- How will your words speak integrity?
- How will you build up someone else?
- How will you build up yourself?
- How will you create some fun?
- What complaints will you change to opportunities?
- To whom will you speak love?
Now, it's time to speak up. Talk about who you are, what you are, what you are creating in your life, and contributing to others. What is your vision?
Call yourself a strong, courageous, powerful, caring, loving, optimistic human being. Call yourself a home run by using your words wisely and consciously, then enjoy the game!
What we speak, we become
So proclaim your outcome
For our voice is a choice
Let it be one to rejoice