With all that’s going on in the world, the last thing we need is negativity from people right in our own environment; our parents, children, boss, coworkers and even some friends. In some cases, random strangers!
Years ago, I was out shopping and on my way home, on the bus, a total stranger, sitting next to me, didn’t even bother to say hello, just started talking to me and telling me about some old fashion remedy I should use to get rid of the bumps on my face. (I had terrible acne growing up) Once again, this was during my teenage years. Even though the woman may have thought she was helping me, all I could think about was how many people were hearing her on the bus talk to me and now, also, looking at my face.
I was SO embarrassed!
It took days for me to want to go out again for fear that someone else would volunteer their diagnosis of my acne situation. Words are so powerful. They can build you up and make you believe you can do anything or they can literally crush your spirit.
As I have mentioned, I’ve had many experiences where people have said negative things to me and about me and I just took it in and somehow made it my truth.
Since working on myself, becoming a success coach and meeting many people over the years, I know that I’m not the only one who have let the words of others get in the way and kept them from moving forward with their dreams and goals. Whoever said “words don’t harm us” was sadly mistaken.
So, how did I get from there to here? Well, throughout the years, I realized that I had created a process for myself. I would like to share three of the steps I used in my process of letting words lead me to success:
- Strengthen your faith: Prayer and having strong faith may not be visible components listed on your goal achievement plan, however, they are absolutely necessary to your success.
- Do Positive affirmation work: You must consistently affirm and plant good messages about yourself in order to drown out any negative words.
- Don’t make it personal: People are speaking from their current level of understanding. It’s coming from their perspective. I learned that people only say and do what they were taught to say and do.
There are many steps that can help you to move forward without letting negative chatter from your past get in the way. Here is an example of how you can choose one positive word to get inspired and leave the negativity behind.