It’s quite common to watch what we say to others – we don’t want to offend someone, hurt their feelings, or be mean. We’re sensitive to what they might think or how they may react.
What about the way we choose to speak to ourselves?
If you take a look at what you say to yourself, the tone of voice you use, the words you choose to say, are they as compassionate, as supportive, or as kind as the words you use when you speak to others?
It is easy to get caught up in a cycle of negative talk. The good news is that with a little bit of practice and conscious effort, that can be changed.
One thing that helps is to first notice what words you often say to yourself. If they’re negative or unhelpful, start thinking of strategies to change them into something that is more empowering and encouraging.
Another thing that can help is creating a powerful vocabulary for yourself. Identifying and using words that help you feel strong and confident is a great way to develop a positive and resilient attitude.
When creating your vocabulary list, don’t just think about a list of words. Take some time to actually define them. Don’t rely on universal definitions. Think about how these words apply to your life, given your circumstances, considering your goals.
There’s nobody we spend time with more than we do with ourselves, so let’s make that time one that is empowering.
Take a look at the words below and write down what they mean and represent to you.
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