Whether they were among the “good guys” or the “bad guys,” history’s great leaders have always been aware of the power of words. If you know how to use language correctly, you will get ahead in life and actively shape your future. Tony Robbins agrees: with his concept of “Transformational Vocabulary” he shows how easily everyone can improve their quality of life.
The language world of feelings
Our emotions are strongly linked to our everyday language. The spectrum of emotional states is like a rainbow with many different shades of color. Because life is not simply black or white – just as we are not simply either “happy” or “sad”. There is a whole range of words that can describe the human emotional chaos as well. Sometimes we are bored, then again excited; sometimes we are almost ecstatic, and then again really depressed.
Self-test: What do you feel?
Now it’s time for the self-test: how many different emotional states do you experience in a week? Take a few minutes and think about how you’ve been feeling these past few days. Were you happy, satisfied, annoyed, or unmotivated?
Most people write down about 12 words on this test – and, surprise: usually more than half of these terms are negative. It almost seems like 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 the way you think.
Choose words consciously
Tony Robbins explains where the problem lies: we don’t usually consciously choose to associate a particular word with our mood. Our brain does this all by itself, as it were, out of habit. Here lies the challenge: to consciously try to describe situations and emotional states with stronger (or weaker) words. These tips also help on the job, on a professional and interpersonal level. Here are a few examples of statements and mitigations for practice:
1. “I am so angry about this situation.” > “I have been more pleased before.”
2. “I don’t know what to do anymore.” > “I’m looking for new approaches.”
3. “That went totally badly!” > “The course was suboptimal and definitely has room for improvement.”
4. “This guy is a total ********* !” > “I am less able to get along with this type of person.”
5. “There’s no way I can work like this!” > “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 improve our lives from the ground up.
On the job
are you having a real run right now? Great, then you don’t just feel “good” but certainly “great”, right? You are good at training and achieve your athletic goals? Then you may calmly and optimistically call yourself a “
“. Just consciously try it out for a week to emphasize your positive experiences in everyday life with words. You will see – eventually it will go all by itself. Because remember: “Thinking makes it so ” – amplifying positive emotions with words is all in the head. And once you understand that, you really are
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