(from Coaching Perspectives V – 1 of 11)
Consider how language impacts you personally. Test it by thinking about something you want to accomplish. Say to yourself, “I wish I was able to do it.” How does that feel? Now say to yourself, “I am moving forward and doing it.” How is that different?
While the research behind language and positivity is extensive, it is mentioned only briefly here to invite your further exploration. This chapter is a story highlighting the personal and coaching perspective of language.
Positive language creates positive thinking which creates positive feelings that lead to positive actions which create positive outcomes that build confidence which supports positivity. Whew! Using positive language for exploring and acting on thoughts, feelings, and behavior is the foundation for maximizing success. A high level of positivity enhances brain capacity and function, and impacts confidence.
Language used to express thoughts and beliefs creates self-fulfilling prophecies. Reframing challenging or negative experiences with positive, proactive language supports positivity and confidence. Talking about wins and good experiences also supports confidence and creates positivity, plus builds momentum. Positivity and confidence enhance individual ability to face challenge and change. Positivity through language enhances skills including decision making, proactivity, and emotional intelligence.
Meet Two Brothers
Explore the impact and power of language through the lives of two equally talented brothers: Brendan is a talented athlete who excels in sports; Kevin is a natural musician who is skilled with several instruments. Both brothers are good students. Throughout this story, for each area of their lives, notice what happened, what was said, what they thought, and ultimately how language impacted them.
Follow this blog series now to learn the language of the comments and thoughts and how that impacts outcomes.