Change Your Words, Change Your Mind

The Jedi Master

Even though I’m not a Star Wars fanatic, I can’t help but coming back to this simple and famous quote by none other than Yoda himself, "You must unlearn what you have learned.” “Try not….. do….or do not…. there is no try.”

The way we use our words is more powerful than we think.

Sometimes we get so used to saying certain words that we don’t even realize what we’re saying. Our unconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between what’s reality and fantasy. And so, when we say things like, “I’ll give it a try” or “I hope this works,” our intentions may be good, but we're training our unconscious belief systems to treat them as our reality. The result is we begin making choices that are NOT taking us in the direction that we want to go.

The word TRY is a recipe for failure.

When we use this word, we in a sense excuse ourselves from stepping up to the challenge at hand. One of the most powerful things we can do is to commit to taking action. When we say TRY, we are already undermining our commitment.

Here’s an example.

If I asked you to TRY to push me off balance, and you reach over and push me off balance. You didn’t really follow the instructions. Instead of TRYING, you JUST DID IT!

The word Hope is also flawed.

When things seem out of control, hoping might make us feel better, but this word again deprives us from taking any personal responsibility. Don’t get me wrong, some things are out of our control and it can be helpful to send hope and prayers into the world, but it’s essential to focus on what we CAN do to change things.

Mean what we say, and say what we mean.

When we consciously focus on our words, even if it’s only a couple words at a time, we begin to program our subconscious minds with positive beliefs that translate into habits, so that we naturally DO the things we want to be doing, as if it’s just how we've always done them.

Sometimes taking action is easier said than done. It makes sense on paper, but can be extremely hard to do if our beliefs aren’t in-line with what we think is possible. Changing our words is one of many steps we can take to make real change.