Words matter, and the words you tell yourself are the most consequential. Powerful words are significant determinants of how successful we become in life. Our words program us at an early age. To change our programing, we have to think differently.
We all have tasks we have to accomplish to create the outcomes we desire. However, the power of words can hold us back. Many of us think of good ideas, but at some point, we let go of those ideas and go back to doing what we “have” to do instead of what we need to do.
Words matter: how what we tell ourselves affects our life.
David Spisak discussed the power of words we use daily and how they significantly affect our advancement in life. Remember these words matter; which words are programed in you?
I Need To:
is associated with motivation, commitment, and discipline. When you use the word “I need to,” the decision to create the desired outcome has been made, and there is no going back. You have to watch yourself closely to avoid deviating from the goals already planned.
I Have To:
How do I consistently put myself in a position to do what “I have to” to improve outcomes? This is a question you need to ask yourself. The things you “have to” do are like a bug, keeping you from becoming the best version of yourself. Focus on the things you “have to do” and delete them if you can.
I Want To:
Doing what you want to do is tricky because you might be doing what you want to do without living the life you want to live.
This is a sure way to live a life of regrets and disappointments. When you say “I should” or “I should have,” you become stuck in the past, unable to move forward.
Think differently to reprogram your internal words.
Our words matter when we assign ourselves tasks. To tap into the power of words is to change how we think of what we need to do vs. what we have to do, want to do, or should do. The difference between bad, good, and great outcomes is doing what you should, have to, and need to do. Pay attention to the words you use throughout your day, and try to think differently about your tasks.
Choose the outcome you want for yourself. Most times, people choose outcomes because they are running from the hard. When you choose hard, you will immediately come in contact with the best version of yourself. Your words matter. They program your subconscious mind. Doing what you need to do will happen if it’s attached to your personal goal.
Here are 3 questions to ask yourself as you approach the year’s end:
- What do you want?
- How bad do you want it?
- Are you hyper-focused on it?
As you move towards the end of the year, plan to reprogram yourself. Unless you look at yourself differently, you cannot create the desired outcome. If you want to be wealthy in 2023, you have to plant that seed now. One of those seeds is the power of your words, that your words matter. The words you use determines how far you go.