The words you say determine your attitude (how you feel) and your altitude (how much you will achieve). Are your words inspiring you and equipping you? Or are they limiting and crippling you? The good news is the choice is yours.
I read an interesting proverb recently. It demonstrated clearly the power that our words have on our mindsets, our feelings, and our performance.
Blow on a spark and up it flares, spit on it and out it goes; both are the effects of your mouth.
Your words can light a fire or put it out.
Has anyone ever spoken words over you that changed the course of your life? Have you ever heard or read something that ignited something on the inside of you that forever changed who you are? Then you know the power of words. And it’s the words that you say, that you declare, that hold the key to unleashing your full potential.
By the time you read this, I might be cradling a newborn baby in my arms. As I write this, my wife, Tara, is due with our second child any day now. So, naturally, my mind is racing with thoughts of all the things I’ll need to do for this child as his or her father.
The one thing I see repeatedly with ultra-successful people in any profession is that they are intentional about who they surround themselves with. Are you?
“Why don’t you get a real job?”
“You’re wasting your time on that.”
“You’ll never make any money doing that.”
As a parent, I’ve never felt more helpless than I did last Thursday. Sitting in the ER watching the nurses inject the anesthetic into our daughter’s head, trying to do what little I could to comfort her, but there was nothing I could do.
Only an hour before, she’d been playing and enjoying her day. Now, after falling and splitting the back of her head open, she was exposed to a previously unknown level of pain. She reacted like you would expect a three-year old to react: She cried and resisted.
That’s when a kind and gentle nurse named Gina came in. She wasn’t fake as the previous nurse had been. Aracelli can see right through that. But she was genuinely nice and helped Aracelli to calm down. Just moments later, she was all stapled up and ready to go home. What happened next spoke life into Gina.
Have you ever thought of yourself as a prophet? Probably not. After all, what comes to mind when you think of prophets? Perhaps crazy people from the olden days who walk around predicting the future or calling down fire on a mountaintop. That’s not you, but you are a prophet.
Yes, you. You are a prophet.
And it’s time to start acting like one.
Your words have immense power! And I want for you to use that power to your advantage.
Today, I share a story about a guy named Tom who prophesied his own downfall. I share what he did and what you can learn from it so that you don’t make the same mistake.
Your future becomes what you say about it today. Choose your words wisely.
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It’s time to play a little game I like to call “Vocabulary Elimination.”
There are two words you need to stop saying:
I’m just a janitor.
I’m just a programmer.
I’m just a bus driver.
I’m just a stay-at-home mom.
I’m just _______.
I hear so many people say these two words and completely downplay their purpose to humanity.
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