This may sound a little woo-woo.  But, I believe what I am about to write is extremely practical.  Call it “practical woo-woo” if you like.  Practiwoo, maybe?

Anyway, the older I get, the more I believe our words become our reality.

We have all heard some variation of the old proverb.  Our thoughts become our words.   Our words become our actions.  Our actions become our habits.  Our habits become our character.  Our character becomes our destiny.

I used to brush off such proverbs.   I no longer do.

Be careful with your words.  Be especially careful with your own self-talk.

Are you hard on yourself?  Do you talk down about yourself?  Consider stopping.  Instead, consider talking positively about yourself.

Our words have the power to lift others.  We all know that.  It turns out, your words have the power to lift you, too.

Sometimes I ask myself, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”  Then, I take the answer, turn it into a goal, break that goal down into routines, and go for it.

I used to tell myself I could not write a book.  That was for the other guys.  The authors.  I said this to myself for years.  Then, I wrote a book.

Then, I told myself I couldn’t do it again.  But, then, I wrote another book.   These days, instead, I tell myself that I write a book each year.  I am already working on the next one.

What about you?  What would you do if you knew you could not fail?  What could you do if you spoke more kindly to yourself?  You are created in the image of God.  Look what he created.  You bear his image.  What are you capable of?  Why not cut the negative self-talk and give it a shot?  See what happens.


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