By guest blogger Tiffany Kalinka
The ability to think positively sounds easy. In fact, for the average person, we have been using limited language the majority of our lives. For example, when we say we ‘will try’ we are less likely to follow through. Coaching certification created the awareness that positive thinking through the use of powerful, positive language is one of the most beneficial tools there is for creating change and accomplishing goals. Replacing limiting language with positive language takes time and practice. It is a habit, and habits take time to change.
The first step is to be aware. Simply acknowledging the use of limiting vocabulary starts the changing process. Be aware of what you are saying and how you say it. Think about how you ask questions. Replacing limiting language with positive language is another step in making this change. Keep a list of positive words and phrases posted around your home and office. Write positive affirmations and read them daily. Repetition of this process gradually will lead to a transition in thought and language. This supports goal setting and follow-through.
Positive language is powerful. It empowers people to move forward, set goals, and accomplish them. It is both a compelling tool in our daily lives, and specifically within the coaching relationship. Both the client and the coach benefit from positive language. The client is able to express thoughts in a way that is forward focused and empowered. The coach benefits from the use of positive language by being a provider of accountability and motivation. The coaching relationship is more productive when powerful, positive communication is expressed.