The Words You Speak
Never underestimate the power of the words you speak into another person’s life. Makes no difference if they’re good words or bad, they carry with them the power to influence a life.
Growing up, I cannot remember a time that my father ever discouraged me from trying something I wanted to try. Each time his words to me were “You can do anything you set your mind to” and I cannot begin to tell you how many times he spoke them. The beautiful thing about that is he didn’t just speak them to me or my sister.
He would offer those words of encouragement, and so many others, to pretty much anyone. In fact, he was known for his straightforward answers to questions people would ask and he never sought to hurt someone with what he shared. It was obvious that his goal was to help, uplift and encourage another human.
His words help shape me as a young man and had a significant influence on my own philosophy and outlook on life. My father is gone now, but his words and the power they had are still at work in me and many others. I have three daughters, now all grown up, and I can see the words I have spoken into their lives, the same words that were spoken into mine, at work in them.
The words you speak matter.
I don’t care if you’re speaking them to a family member, friend, coworker, employee, client or your employer, just know that they matter.