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The Power of Your Words

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The Power of Your Words

Say it with encouragement.
Douglas  Weiss Ph.D.
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Sep 12, 2009 at 10:00 AM

William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, which is a great social and spiritual organization, was confronted with a serious financial crisis. He was urged by those closest to him to write a letter to his previous supporters.

He might have been pressured to write a compelling letter about how much money was needed in order to make ends meet. He could have gone on and on about the good they were doing. Like many organizations today, he could have filled the letter with the stories of desperation or of people whose lives were changed because of the Salvation Army.

Booth, however, took a totally different approach to asking his constituency for help. He took up his pen and boldly wrote only one word: others. He sent the letter out, and the organization was generously supported through this very difficult time.

Your words are one of the most powerful forces you possess. The spoken word has the power to build people up and give them pleasure, as well as to destroy them and zap their pleasure. Just look at the following list, and I think that you’ll get the point:

  • You're so smart.
  • You can do anything.
  • You're capable.
  • You're so stupid.
  • You can't do anything.
  • You're incapable.

You can easily feel the strength of the words in the left column, along with the pain of those in the right column—especially if you’ve heard them before.

I want you to take a moment and consider how you use the power of your words. Think first in terms of your primary relationship with yourself and your spouse or significant other, parents, children, and deity. Are your words mostly encouraging; or are they rough, critical and sarcastic? For an illustration, here’s a way to look at it: If your words were fruit, what would others taste from you? You can pause and think about this, but it’s critical in a pleasure lifestyle to give good fruit to all people and especially to those closest to you.

Then journey down and examine your secondary relationships: that is, your friends, co-workers, and neighbors. What kind of fruit are they getting from you? Then look at the acquaintances and strangers you meet—what about them?

If you question how you’re doing, keep track for fun sometime. Take a piece of paper and record the negative words you’re speaking on one side and the encouraging words on the other. You might be surprised by how the experiment turns out. Either way, you do have the power to positively impact others, so I encourage you to use words regularly as a part of your lifestyle of pleasure.

About Author
Douglas  Weiss Ph.D.
Douglas Weiss, Ph.D., is an international lecturer and the author of 20 books, and has been in clinical counseling practice for more than 18 years. Continue reading