The thoughts we have and the words we speak create our mental-emotional environment and end up manifesting in our physical environment. We can use words that weaken us, or power words that strengthen us.
“In the beginning was the Word…”
Our kids (and likely most kids) have been habitually inclined to exaggerate extremes. Drama tends to be a part of the kaleidoscope of youth. 🙂
No matter that all their lives, I’ve been offering them alternative phraseology and programming… they seem to enjoy the drama of the extremes over the muted, mental modifications.
Well that may be the effect of youthful melodrama, but if we don’t consciously choose to change those patterns as adults, those patterns become us and subsequently, the design of our lives.
Our daughter is from the desert state of Rajasthan, India. For her, pretty much anything below 70° was “cold”, and below 60°, was “so cold”. Below 50° was freezing, and on downwards to varying intensities of “It’s FREEZING!!!”, uttered multiple times, almost like a mantra.
Our son, on the other hand, was born in the Magadan region of Russia, so basically Siberia, a Native Koryak, where folks from that region “go to Alaska to warm up.” His habit was to affirm over and over again, “It’s hot.” “It’s so hot.” “It’s HOT.” “It’s SO HOT”.
I’ve tried all their lives to introduce “warm” and “cool”, but the extremes tend to remain their words of choice.
The Power of Words to Make You or Break You
For myself, as I’ve shared before, one of my epiphanies of the power of words came during a sunrise High Intensity Interval Training bootcamp style exercise session. Just 20 minutes long, these are designed for the maximum benefit in the least amount of time.
I recall one early morning, halfway through the session, thinking with each labored breath, “I’m tired,” “I’m so tired.” “I’m so TIRED!” “I’m SO TIRED!!!” “This is hard.” “This is HARD.” “This is SO HARD!!!”
And on and on and on these negative assertions droned. Even now they try to sneak in when I’m biking up our hills or doing “man style” push-ups (from the toes instead of knees), or shoulder pressing 20 lb dumbbells.
But then I discovered the incredible power of words to turn it around. Now, rather than giving room for that negative voice to fill the space, I jump in with power words, thoughts and phrases.
Put the Power of Words to Work for You, Not Against You
Now, the moment negative words pop up, I thank my body for letting me know it is tired, or that the task is hard. Then I inform it and every cell of my body that it’s okay to be tired, it’s okay when things are hard, AND that we can push through that. With each effort we’re getting stronger, fitter and more capable.
Listen to Your Body, Then Tell It What’s Up
In health and fitness, we learn to listen to the signals of our body, and how to discern discomfort and challenge from pain and true limitation.
That level of discrimination is a fine line though and requires some practice and experimentation around pushing beyond what we thought possible. That’s a fine line that athletic and fitness coaches and physical therapists walk every day. However, they’re well trained and experienced academically and experientially through their own efforts and that of their clients.
They know that discomfort is not a reason to stop, but a reason to push harder. They know that our greatest growth lies on the other side of our comfort zone. Because…
“Invariably, we are all capable of more than we imagine.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com ®
What Coaches and PT’s Know
- That most people are capable of more than they think
- That pain doesn’t always mean to stop
- There’s a difference between discomfort and risk of injury
- If we stop as soon as we get tired, we diminish rather than increase our capacity.
- If we never push beyond what we think we can do, we won’t discover just how much more we’re capable of
- Pushing our limits expands them.
Instead of giving in to “tired”, I give my body energy though my actions and words.
We can thank our bodies for its service all these years and apologize to it for times of neglect and poor choices. Encourage it to revel in its strength and ability to persevere, for every step through “hard” makes it better, stronger and more capable.
Remind it that the only way to grow stronger is to push beyond what’s comfortable, and that we’ve never ever regretted doing so, afterward, and we won’t now either.
In addition, we can reframe the “I can’t” thoughts with, “I’m so grateful that I can”, along with all kinds of other variants.
“Pushing our limits expands them.”
~LeAura Alderson, creator iCreateDaily.com ®
Never Give Up
“When you hear that voice…? That’s when you talk yourself out of it.”
Power Words Quotes and Slogans
“It’s easy to smile and feel good about your future when everything’s going the way you want it to go. But your endurance is not tested on the mountain, it’s tested in the valley. So how do you handle dark moments?”SOURCE: Never Give Up video compilation
~Coach Pain, peak performance coach, speaker
“The victory goes to those who finish. The victory goes to those who never give up.”SOURCE: Never Give Up video compilation
~Coach Pain, peak performance coach, speaker
What Are Your Power Words?
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Meanwhile, check out this article on The Power of Positive Words and Affirmations for more like this and to get you started if you need a little prompt.
Power Words – Contributions from the Community
Thank you and I love you.
These are my power words. Whether I’m flying or falling low, these are my go-to words. These words lift me no matter the circumstance. When all is falling apart I can say thank you for the things that have held together and I love you to those around me. These are powerful words that I use everyday. When I’m successful I use these powerful words to lift others so they can fly with me. I don’t fly alone. Thank you all for flying and falling with me. I love y’all.
~Shannon DeAnna Schofield, poet, author, gardener beekeeper, b.2/23/1977
Common slogans With Multiple Variations and Authors
- In it to win it.
- Refuse to lose.
- Fake it till you make it.
- Act as if.
- Born to win.
- Yes you can!
- I think I can, I think I can, I KNOW I can!
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