Conscious Language: The Power of Our Words

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  • Our language has great power. It is an integral part of bringing what we desire into our lives, and also is a key element for bringing what we don’t want into our lives as well. Many times, we’re not even conscious of what we’re doing or saying and wonder why we’re not getting the results we desire.

    The Law of Attraction states that what we focus on grows, whether it’s conscious or not, or intentional or not. We’ve all had the experience of thinking about buying a new car and all of a sudden, it seems like we see that exact make and model everywhere! It’s not that there are suddenly more of this kind of car, but rather, we’re noticing them because of the shift in our focus.
    What we focus on grows and we’ll bring into our consciousness- whether that’s positive or negative. If we’re just focusing on problems, we’ll get more of them- even if we’re saying, “I want to solve these problems”, or “I have to get rid of these problems”.

    For this exercise, I like to think of the Universe as a great big genie, standing in front of me asking, “Gail, what would you like today?”  If the only things on my mind are problems… problems… problems… the genie, who has no way to distinguish between “good” or “bad”, rubs his hands together and says, “GREAT, she’s thinking about and talking about problems, let’s give her more problems!” Even if we’re saying, “I want to get rid of these problems”, the energy behind the words is fear, lack, limitation and THAT’s what we’ll attract to us.

    Our thoughts and language have great power. Once we realize that and use it to our benefit, we can create a life of happiness and ease.

    The power of language really hit home for me a few days ago. If you follow my blog, you’ve already met Koda, our 2-year old Samoyed pup who teaches me great lessons daily. Koda loves to go for a walk- any time. Since I work out of my home I’m usually barefoot. Koda has learned that when I put on my socks and shoes, that usually means I’m going somewhere- and that he’s going too. (Oh goodie, walk time!)

    A few days ago it was chilly and I went into my bedroom, sat down on the bed and put on a pair of warm socks. Koda saw this and immediately did his “Oh wow, we’re going for a walk!” happy dance. Knowing what he was thinking, I asked him, “Do you think we’re going for a walk?”, to which he excitedly pawed at the floor and ‘talked’ to me. He was certain we were going for a walk. When I tried to tell him that I have to work for a bit longer and “We’ll go for a walk later”, all he heard was WALK. He was convinced that we were going for a walk right then and there and sat by the front door waiting for me. He stayed there for more than an hour, knowing that I said the word “walk”, which had to mean that we were going soon. Even when I said “We’re NOT going for a walk”, all he heard was “walk”.

    What struck me as so funny about this is that Koda was just like the genie. All he heard was “walk”. He ignored the “later” part, just like the genie hears “problems” and doesn’t pay attention to the “I don’t want” part. We get what we focus on- whether it’s what we want or not.

    This simple example made me consciously think about my language, not only with Koda, but also with the Universe. What am I saying I don’t want instead of focusing on what I do desire? Instead of “I don’t want problems!”, change it to, “I’m happy, healthy and prosperous.” After all, it’s much more fun to focus on the things I DO want than those I don’t.

    More importantly, if the Universe is going to give me more of what I focus on, then shouldn’t I focus on the GOOD things that I desire?When we look at our lives in this way, it seems like such a no-brainer.  Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. Simple and easy.

    Then ask yourself, “What am I focusing on in this moment?”, knowing that you are creating tomorrow’s reality with today’s thoughts.

    When you look at life that way, it makes us much more conscious not only of our actions, but of our thoughts and words today. Your actions, thoughts and words today are but seeds for tomorrow’s garden. What are you planting?

    We have the opportunity to keep it simple. Focus on what you desire. Think good thoughts. Speak positive words. Be happy.

    As for Koda, he continued to focus on “walk”, and he too got what he desired… just a bit later than he’d hoped for… but that’s a blog for another day. 🙂

    Gail Lynne Goodwin

    Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of InspireMeToday.com, bringing the best inspiration to the world. InspireMeToday.com provides free inspiration, each day from a new Inspirational Luminary, to a global community of folks from over 150 countries. Gail has interviewed many well-known names including Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Tony Hseih, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Gerber, Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield and hundreds more. According to Mashable, Gail was one of 2009's Top 25 Most Inspirational People on Twitter. Prior to InspireMeToday.com, Gail spent several years as manager for her recording artist daughter, Carly. As a result of the success of their co-penned song, "Baby Come Back Home", Gail accompanied her daughter to bases in the US and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Carly performed for our troops. Gail and Carly created the 'World's Longest Letter' of love and support and delivered the 18-mile long scroll on a month-long tour of Iraq and the Persian Gulf in 2006. Gail is excited to present her latest course, Love in 21 Days, a step-by-step guide to finding love online. Love in 21 Days is founded on a logical process that has been tested - and proven! - by not only Gail, but also by students around the world who too have found love. Gail is a published author and a regular writer for the Huffington Post. She offers mentoring and mastermind services to clients worldwide from her home in Whitefish, Montana. Follow Gail on Twitter or Google+.

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    1. Michelle @ Following Your Joy
      Michelle @ Following Your Joy says:

      Hi Gail,

      Yes, I definitely need to keep reminding myself to pay attention to the seeds I am planting…as it’s so easy to slip back into old habits and patterns!

      You may want to check out my friends at Empoword, where they’re entire business is built around the words we use–powerful stuff! http://www.thinkempoword.com/

      By the way, that picture of Koda is award-winning. When I scrolled down I really had to pause and let all the beauty of that shot soak in. : )

      Make it a great day!
      Michelle

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