I sincerely believe that it is far more beneficial and far less costly to help a child build confidence than it is to fix an adult who has little or none.

Stop and think

on September 9, 2013

wordsDo you ever really stop and think about some of the words you say?  Words have tremendous power that will affect someone in a positive, negative or even neutral way.

Words that are full of love, joy and kindness will have a positive effect.   Words that are encouraging and uplifting will have a positive effect.  Words that share wonderful ideas or tell about exciting, happy events will have a positive effect.  Positive words can build strong relationships and lead to happiness and success in life.  Positive words can build confidence and esteem for both the speaker and the listener.

On the other hand, words that are full of hate, anger and unkindness will have a negative effect.  Words that are discouraging and belittling will have negative effect.  Words that contain rumours or gossip will have a negative effect.  Negative words can destroy relationships and lead to misery and defeat.  Negative words can cause low esteem and this can affect both the speaker and the listener.

Words can also affect people in a neutral way if they are meaningless and unimportant.   If we only talk about the weather or matters that don’t interest the people we talk to, they won’t be affected much either in a positive or negative way.

Always remember that our words can never be reversed or erased.  You can’t go back and un-say that unkind word or mean statement.  Have you ever spoken or heard these words?  I have.

  • You’re worthless
  • I hate you
  • You are so fat
  • You can’t do anything right
  • What an idiot
  • You are ugly
  • Your life has no value

These are horrible words that should never come out of anyone’s mouth.   They could easily hurt someone and might negatively affect their entire life.  Once words are spoken, power is released to either heal or hurt, restore or destroy, lift up or tear down.

Make your words count.    Even if you are only talking to yourself, make sure you don’t hurt yourself with negative words.  Create a good habit by practicing positive words so you will be able to have a positive effect on other people.

Stop and think carefully about what you want to say.


Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.  ~Horace

I just wish my mouth had a backspace key.  ~Author Unknown

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.  ~Winston Churchill

Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment.  ~Ira Gassen

The words you choose to say are just as important as the decision to speak.  ~Author Unknown

Keep your words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them.  ~Author Unknown

2 responses to “Stop and think

  1. imconfident says:

    Thanks for stopping by!

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