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I get to…

“Words are powerful. They can create or they can destroy, so choose your words wisely”

Do you ever find yourself saying “I should do this, I have to do that, I need to do this, I can’t do that, I will try to do this”? I certainly have. What we say to ourselves can have a big impact on whether we want to do the task at hand or not.

I’ve been fascinated by language ever since I attended Life Purpose Creation and other courses with Edson Williams. I remember him saying to choose words carefully because Words are Powerful. Yes they are.

Over the years, I’ve noticed this more and more and often catch myself correcting my own sentences. Let me give an example, if I say to myself “I have to look after my son on Monday” vs. “I get to look after my son on Monday”. Do you see the difference? The first shows an obligation and duty and whilst it may be true, the second sentence shows what a privilege it is for me to look after my son.

Keywords

By exchanging a few keywords, it can really change the meaning of a sentence and how you feel about it. Give it a go and see what you think:-

Instead of starting a sentence with

I should…
I have to…
I need to…
I can’t…
I will try…

Use one of these more empowering phrases instead

>> I can…
>> I choose to…
>> I want to…
>> I get to…
>> I love to…

These can be applied to anything. I had a busy day lined up and I chose to say “I choose to speak with this person, I want to work on my newsletter, I love to have lunch with these friends, etc”.

A simple rephrasing of a sentence made me feel incredibly grateful. It also made me realise how lucky I am to have these experiences.

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4 Responses to I get to…

  1. Raquel at 11:24 am #

    Very true, Selina. The more grateful we are, the better the daily experiences become. Less of a burden, more of fun.

    • Selina at 12:02 pm #

      Yes Raquel, it can be a simple changing of a word that makes a world of difference.

  2. catharina at 11:40 am #

    Thanks for this reminder – there are times when it works better but when I am under pressure I forget and fall back. It is really important that we talk in a nice way to ourselves.

    • Selina at 12:03 pm #

      Hi Catharina, also to be kind to ourselves so when you are under pressure, to cut yourself some slack too :-) It’s the same for most, so if we get the practice in normally and in everyday life, it’ll help with more stressful times.

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