Words are powerful. Words are wonderful. Words can lift us up where we… ahem. Got a little carried away there.
Silliness aside, I think words are either our greatest advocate or our most fiendish adversary, because they drive our entire experience of our world. We only have to examine our self-talk to see which camp our ‘reality’ lives in, because this is where our belief systems speak up.
I’m reading a fascinating book at the moment – published more than 70 years after it was written – called Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill, author of the ubiquitous Think and Grow Rich. In this book, Hill “interviews” The Devil, who spills all his secrets about how he controls negative forces in the world. The Devil talks about mind control – that when we allow ourselves to drift, and base our thoughts processes on fear, that we are more influenced by circumstances, rather than our dreams and goals. In contrast, positive thinking allows us to shift into purposeful action, and to take responsibility for our future. It’s fascinating reading, because many of the concepts in the book are in line with modern psychology about the power of self-talk!
What it comes down to is that we have a choice. We can shift our thinking into negative Fear, which produces feelings of scarcity, anxiety, quitting and giving up; or we can shift our thinking into positive Faith, which produces creative problem solving, a mindset seeking out opportunity, possibility and intuitive ‘gut-feelings’.
There’s an old saying that goes “what goes up must come down”, and I’m going to rephrase that to “what goes in must come out”. It’s incredibly important to fill yourself up with words that encourage and inspire you; rather than knock you down and defeat you. The more mindful you are about challenging your negative thoughts (and belief systems), analysing challenges, and working through negative emotions; the more you prompt your sub-conscious to start thinking creatively! Words are the food that feed either Fear or Faith. Either way, you’re looking at some self-fulfilling prophecy!
I thought I would share with you some of my own favourite quotes, which help to inspire me when I am faced with challenge and difficulty; that keep me focused on the adventure I have set out on in life; or that lift me up when I need to be reminded that all of us (including me!) – whatever our experiences – have value and worth in this world of ours.
“When we honour our peculiarities, the process of personal transformation
allows us to become all that we might be.”
“Adventure is not outside a man, it is within.”
“Even a small star shines in the darkness.”
“Whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.”
“Though we travel the world over the find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Our faith should be as an ever-burning lamp that enlightens not only ourselves
but all those who surround us.”
“I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.”
“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn,
whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.”
Happy thinking to you! x