BY: JIM JUBELIRER, JUBELIRER RESULTS GROUP
he way we speak has a major
influence on our thoughts
and how we feel. Negative
words make us think and act
negatively. Positive words
improve our mood and draw others
toward us. Why is this?
The way you communicate alters the
expression of genes. A single negative
word can activate the fear center of the
brain and cause the upregulation of
stress hormones. You don’t even have
to speak the word for it to affect you.
Negative self-talk, the words you say
to yourself, have the same detrimental
effect on your body and, in turn, affect
your actions. This thought-bodily
response-outward action chain is why
you should never tell yourself “I’m not
prepared for this. I’m going to blow it”
as you’re walking into a big meeting.
You start to sweat. You start to panic.
You can’t focus. You actually blow it.
The good news is that just as negative
words can cause stress and have a
negative effect on the body, positive
words can have a positive effect on the
body. Positive self-talk, for example,
can kick off a series of neural changes
in the brain which helps motivate you
to achieve. This, in turn, can lead to a
self-fulfilling prophecy. Your positive
outlook can, and often does, lead to
tangible results. Best of all, you have
the power to choose.
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