Have you noticed how dull most people’s words seem to be? Often boring at best and the only time there really seems to be any further emphasis is when someone is upset or in a negative place. Think about this for a moment, what are the most common responses you hear when you ask someone, “How are you”?
Here are some I hear:
“OK, I guess.”
“Not to bad.”
Or if someone really turns up the happy notch they say, “I’m good”.
Do you get excited reading those responses? How can you have language like this and expect yourself to be totally ecstatic about your life? How can you exude passion and energy if you speak about life this way?
I have always made it a habit to use passion and energy in my words. A couple of years ago, at one of the companies I consulted with, I developed the reputation and the nickname “happy guy” courtesy of the receptionist and a number of others in the office. The girl at reception would talk to staff and visitors all day long and she heard these same responses as above; but I would always answer something along the lines of “bloody fantastic” or “amazing,” so I became the “happy guy.”
When I was personal training for many years, I was known as the ‘sensational’ guy because this was how I answered any of these types of questions. This was the reputation I developed and it followed me into every part of my life since then. Why did people remember it? Simply because it was so different to the stock standard responses, or the language that the other 99% of people use.
So why is all this important? The language, the words, and the tone you use behind those words play a huge role in developing and maintaining the mind and attitude of a champion. When you are talking and thinking in a passionate, energetic, and positive manner, it is very difficult to think any negative thoughts or allow anyone else’s negativity bring you down. And lets face it, being negative is draining; it makes you feel terrible.
The language, the words, and the tone you use behind those words play a huge role in developing and maintaining the mind and attitude of a champion.
Have you ever been around someone who is just plain negative or complains all the time? I call them energy vampires; they just drain the life force out of you. I say, introduce them to each other and then run the other way, far, far away. On the other hand, what about when you are around someone who is positive all the time and who speaks with passion in their words, how do you feel? More energetic? Do you tend to want to spend more time with them? Do you feel uplifted and motivated? We all know the answer is “Yes.”
What if you became like those people? Not for anyone else, but for yourself first and foremost. When you use positive, passionate and uplifting language, you feel great, you feel more energetic, you will tend to move more rapidly towards your goals and dreams, people will want to be around you, they look up to you, and you develop the reputation and identity as a positive, energetic, motivated, successful and happy person. You are on your way to becoming the best version of yourself. Tell me that you wouldn’t want that kind of reputation to follow you around!
My challenge to you is to begin putting more passion into your words. Don’t be afraid of what others will think of you. People are going to wonder what you are on and what happened to you. They may even think you joined a cult; but they will love it at the same time if they are people worth spending time with and worth keeping in your inner circle. What others think of you is not your concern, what your concern is what you think of yourself, and how to talk to yourself and in your life. Never underestimate the power of your language. Your words and attitude are like magnets that either attract negativity or success in life.
Pearl Strachan said, “Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.” This will either be in a positive way or negative, totally up to you.