The Incredible Power of Words

The Power of WordsIt might surprise you to hear that the inspiration for this blog post came from none other than a certain Winston Churchill. Or more accurately, it came as a result of a visit to the cinema to watch Gary Oldman’s superb performance as the man himself in Darkest Hour.

You see, the thing that REALLY moved me more than anything was the incredible power of Churchill’s words and familiarity did nothing to diminish the power of his ‘we will fight them on the beaches’ speech.

It got me thinking about the power of words and how OUR own words also have incredible power – maybe not to inspire or galvanise a nation – but to inspire and galvanise OURSELVES.

It’s a power I’ve tapped into over the last few years, courtesy of Chris Brogan who first introduced me to the idea of selecting just three words every January to anchor the year ahead. This year my three words are intuition, community and communication –  and they have already had a profound effect on both me AND my business and I’m looking forward to seeing where they’ll take me this year! (And now that I’ve put them ‘out there’ you’ll be able to see for yourself – more to come on this in the next few weeks!)

My words probably won’t mean anything to you – and they don’t have to – because they are MY words, but I want to share the process with you because it is TOTALLY possible for 3 words to be every bit as effective for you as it has been for me, especially if you struggle with the more traditional types of goal setting or business planning!

So HOW, you may ask, can three words have such a powerful impact?

So since you ask, here’s how….

The power of wordsWord selection is key

This is no random exercise….. time and thought need to be spent on the words you select. These three words have a powerful role to perform in the year ahead so they deserve some careful consideration!

Remind yourself of who you are and what you really want to achieve to help you choose words that resonate personally … words that ‘speak’ to you, your dreams and your hopes. You’re looking for words that will inspire, motivate, affirm and galvanise – words with an energy you can harness.

Just a word to the wise here (no pun intended!) …. I know that words like ‘clarity’ and ‘focus’ are often strong contenders for many people’s three word selection but to my mind, they are often a bit too woolly and generic, so try and drill down a bit further to something more defined … something more personally meaningful. For example, when working with a client who had selected ‘clarity’ as one of her 3 words, we kept drilling down into the emotion buried deep down in this word and finally came to ‘ease’.

Put your words to work!

They may well be ‘just words’, but don’t underestimate their power to cement your intentions, act as a filter for decisions and to keep you focused. (Yes, who knew 3 words could work so hard!) But they can only do all this IF you ALLOW them to do their job – so write them down, make them visible by posting them here, there and everywhere and most importantly, USE them as part of your decision-making process every day. A simple question along the lines of ‘does this decision align with my chosen words?’ is usually enough!

Words have an energy

Words carry more weight than most of us can imagine and more often than not we forget that we even HAVE this amazing creative force at our disposal to stir our emotions, influence our thoughts and actions, trigger our motivation, boost our confidence AND become a self-fulfilling prophecy – pretty incredible, eh?

So, which 3 words will you choose to do ALL this for you?

Have your say about what you just read…

Have specific words motivated you into action or helped you transform your circumstances? If you have any insights to share, please leave them in the comments below –  I’d really love to hear from you.



The Incredible Power of Words — 4 Comments

  1. I love this idea Karen & following your encouragement have been doing it for several years.
    My first 2 words were easy to pick, CONNECTION & JOY and the 3rd I initially went for was patience. However, the energy that comes with it is negative for me, especially as it’s not a label I’ve ever claimed. The OED defines patience as ‘calm endurance of pain or provocation…. perseverance… quiet & self-possessed waiting for something’’ which doesn’t excite me either. So I’ve decided to ponder a different word, maybe commit or courage, both of which have more energy for me.

    • It’s a good idea to think about it a bit longer Lesley – absolutely no point choosing something that doesn’t float your boat! You can always try a few to see how they feel before committing to any one. And who knew that patience had such a negative definition – it wouldn’t excite me either!

  2. I created a vision board in a workshop yesterday and found that a really powerful exercise. I am going to pick my three words and put them on my vision board in large letters as I think that will give them even more power.

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