Whether they were among the “good guys” or the “bad,” the great leaders of history have always been aware of the power of words. Who knows how to use language correctly, advances in life and actively shapes his future. Tony Robbins sees it this way: with his concept of “Transformational Vocabulary” he shows how easily every person can improve their quality of life.
The language world of feelings
Our emotions are strongly linked to our everyday language. The spectrum of emotional layers is like a rainbow with many different shades of colour. Because life is not just black or white – just as we are not just “happy” or “sad”. There is a whole range of words that can describe the human emotional chaos as well. Sometimes we are bored, then excited again; sometimes we are almost ecstatic, and then really depressed again.
Self-test: What do you feel?
Now it’s time for a self-test: how many different emotional situations do you experience in a week? Take a few minutes and think about how you’ve felt over the last few days. Were you happy, satisfied, annoyed, or unmotivated?
Most people write down about 12 words in this test – and, surprise, more than half of these terms are negative. It almost seems as if we are more creative in describing our negative feelings than focusing on the positive. The good news: it doesn’t have to be! Because you have the power to change your mindset.
Choosing words consciously
Tony Robbins explains where the problem lies: we usually don’t consciously choose to associate a particular word with our mood. Our brain does this almost out of habit by itself. Here lies the challenge: consciously trying to describe situations and emotional situations with stronger (or weaker) words. These tips also help in the job, on a professional and interpersonal level. Here are a few examples of statements and attenuation for practice:
1. “I am so angry about this situation.” > “I’ve been delighted once again.”
2. “I don’t know any more.” > “I’m looking for new solutions.”
3. “That went really bad!” > “The course was suboptimal and definitely has room for improvement.”
4. “This guy is a total ********** !” > “I don’t get along with this kind of person.”
5. “I can’t work like that!” > “I will strive for better working conditions.”
Be unstoppable – reach your goals!
Of course, we can also use the power of words to give more weight to our positive experiences and thus to improve our lives from the ground up. In the job are you having a real run right now? Super, then you don’t just feel “good” but definitely “great”, right? You are good at training and achieving your sporting goals? Then you can be completely optimistic as “motivated sports cannon” Just try out for a week to highlight your positive experiences in everyday life with words. You’ll see — at some point it’s all about itself. Because don’t forget:“Thinking makes it so” – amplifying the positive emotions with words is purely a matter of the mind. And whoever has understood this at first is actually unstoppable!