I have been listening to the politicians and the language they use when they are speaking to us. At the beginning of the race for the presidency, one of the candidates stood out because of the words he was using to communicate his ideas. He used the following positive words: beautiful, terrific, huge, amazing, successful, and rich.
At first I thought this was great. I have never heard of someone wanting to be the next president use these positive, motivating words before. The others all talk lawyer speak. This language started to draw me in.
As time has marched on the positive words are still being used, but now they are over shadowed by these more negative words: stupid, disgraceful, evil, liar, little, political hacks, communist, uneducated, and poorly educated.
Others in the race have chosen to not use these words and play this game. They are running a more positive campaign, and are able to convey the message they bring. Once a contender has crossed the line and decides to play the negative word game, they begin to lose ground. One even has spoken of regret by doing so.
Here are a few things I want you to think about when you are speaking to others. What are the words you use? Are the words uplifting and motivating? Are the words you use negative? Do you allow swear words to color your sentences?
Words have power. They impact others, of course, but they can also have an impact on us.
I am choosing the language of privilege every chance I get.
- I don’t have to workout this morning; I get to workout. What a privilege to be healthy and be able to care for my body.
- I don’t have to write a new blog post. I get to write one. What a privilege to have readers that actually care what I have to say.
- I don’t have to meet with the people I’m coaching; I get to. What a privilege to meet with entrepreneurs that are wanting to start a new business or grow and exiting one.
- I don’t have to go to church today; I get to go to church. What a privilege to belong to a church where I can worship God and where I have such good friends.
- I don’t have to stop by the grocery store on my way home; I get to stop by the grocery store. What a privilege to live in a place and at a time where we don’t have to forage for food.
This example of the use of privilege words can really make a difference in how others feel when talking with to them and how we feel about ourselves and our work.