Your Words set you apart.
You have a power that goes beyond muscles, or intellect, or even your skills. The words that we say can build up, tear apart, enable others or hold someone back.
Words come at us in all different styles. Writing, speaking, movies, music, school, all these things are based in different ways on words. Those of us that have committed to being excellent dare not overlook the pathway we have to another’s mind.
Think for just a second about how clearly you can remember that stinging insult from years ago as a child, from another kid who perhaps was just messing around. Or the words of praise from a teacher or parent that came out of nowhere on a bad day that instantly made you stand straighter and look brighter. Your words are a portal to someone else’s soul.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
Here’s a question to think about, how likely are others to uplift you if you’re complaining and being bummed out? If your fruit is “death” so to speak- do you think that other people will paste a smile on their face and compliment you on what a good influence you are? No.
Zig Ziglar, american author, motivational speaker, and widely considered the greatest salesman of all time came up with the gem,
“You can have everything in life that you want if you just give enough other people what they want.”
Just think about your last week, and I’ll bet you that you can remember every single genuine compliment or bit of sincere praise that you received. Think you can figure out what other people want??
Now don’t go around telling bald guys that they’re having a great hair day. You have to be sincere! And if the other person can tell that you’re trying to get something out of them, your compliment loses a lot of its value.
So try it out, next time you see a friend, a coworker, your sister… find something that you can compliment!
If you’re still thinking too much about this, check out this chart.
I would recommend NOT using the “sexy” ending, your sincere compliment may get you smacked.
Remember, Your words are a portal directly to another’s soul and you have the power to give others what they’re truly looking for. So what are you waiting for? Give honest, sincere appreciation.
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This is really a great post Jon. I really do appreciate your willingness to tell the world somethings it has forgotten. Another part to this that is very similar is to “Do on to others as you would have them do to you.” I dislike it when people cut me down and try to give me a bad rap, so why should I do it to them?
I agree, even when people know the golden rule, some forget to apply it.