The other day I suggested to someone that they used the word “challenge”instead of problem. The idea was it might help their brain go look for solutions instead of panicking when “challenges” come up. A couple of people commented that it was just semantics and what did it matter what word they used, it all meant the same thing!
Here’s what you need to understand about the language you use – words have power!
The words you use will determine whether you gain or lose energy. Negative words quite literally sap your strength and drain your power. You can have some fun testing this – try saying a negative word like “stress” or “exhausted” and ask someone to try to push you over! Now try using a positive word like “energy” or “fun” and feel the difference! Negative words also put your Inner Reptile on high alert that there’s trouble ahead, which is the last thing you want since your Inner Reptile is really not that bright and he’s not going to help you solve any challenges!
Think about how you feel when you tell people you’re really exhausted – even thinking about it drags you down. Now think about needing more energy. Doesn’t that feel so much better? You’ve changed your focus away from the problem, exhaustion, towards the solution, more energy. Remember what you focus on is what grows!
Try changing your language around all your challenges this week – focus on the solution to the challenge and use that solution to describe it – for example, you’re not stuck in traffic, you need a clear road. And watch how your energy changes!