day 55–change your vocabulary
February 24, 2010 by Stephanie O'Dea
I once listened to an Anthony Robbins book on CD—-I know, I know. The guy is a bit much and probably sort of bonkers, but some of his ideas are smart. I think it was “awaken the giant within?“—-anyhow…
he discussed the notion of changing your vocabulary as a way to change your experience. He suggested using the word “challenge” or “struggle” or “perplexed” instead of really negative and debilitating words such as “overwhelmed” or “stressed out.”
I liked this idea at the time, and wrote about it in a journal I was keeping at the time. I was looking through this journal a few weeks ago to find a quote, and read my notes. I still think it’s a good idea.
I’ve noticed the Duggar Family uses this idea. The kids and I have been DVRing the recent shows about baby Josie, and I’ve noticed that when Michelle talks to the camera she never uses the word “hard” or “difficult” or “stressed” or “overwhelmed.” She’s trained herself to use the word “struggle” or “challenge.”
Struggles and Challenges can be overcome. They are just predicaments, not life sentences.
So! If you are finding yourself using negative words to describe your thoughts/feelings/actions throughout the day, try switching them up a bit. You might be surprised at how quickly your mood improves.
work on changing your vocabulary
yesterday: when to call in reinforcement