Updated: Jan 7, 2022
Some people say words cannot hurt. You have heard the children's rhyme- "Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me". The truth is words can hurt, sometimes even more than physical contact. Words can build you up or tear you down; they can motivate or discourage. It is tough hearing these words from others but it can be more damaging when they come from our own inner thoughts. This is called negative self-talk.
The words that we say to ourselves have more effect on us than anything that is thrown at us by others. We sometimes say things to ourselves not realizing the negative and self-destructive residue left in our minds. You know those things like... "Well, I see why no one is looking at me, I'm so ugly" or something more subtle such as... "Why couldn't I just keep my answer brief, I always talk too much".
Words are immensely powerful and can be destructive or constructive. My question to you is, what do you do with your "word power". Do you question all your life choices and blame mistakes on your inability to make wise choices or do you simply tell yourself that "I will learn from my mistakes and get stronger and wiser"? The fact is the tongue is mighty, even when we are doing that self-talk in our heads. Make a habit of speaking positivity to yourself. Start with looking in the mirror stating 3 positive affirmations to yourself. Just three things. Go on, you can do it. Look into the reflection of your cell ph0one, a mirror or anything reflective and stated three positive affirmations about yourself: "I'm worthy", "I deserve to be loved" " I enjoy happiness". Remember there is power in your words, so speak power into yourself-speak positivity.