Change Your Language. Change Your Life.

Life is rough! I had to wake up long before daylight this morning. In fact, I had to set my alarm for 5:40am so I could get a shower before having to drag the kids out of bed for school. I was so hungry that I had to eat an early breakfast, but the only thing I could find was PB&J. Then I had to make a sandwich for my son’s lunch. When everyone was finally ready I had to drive the kids to a school 25 minutes away from our home!

Are you feeling sorry for me yet? My life and circumstances are tough! Sadly, this reads like a lot of people’s Facebook feeds and quite honestly, I feel kind of down about my own situation after reading the above scenario. My circumstances seem worse and the hope of life looking different does not seem possible. How did my life become so bleak? One simple word: choice.

thEveryone has a choice for every circumstance in their life. Yes, everyone for every circumstance. In some instances we may not actually choose the specific circumstance, but we still have a choice in how we respond to the given circumstance. My husband, Joe, delves even deeper with this idea in his book, Project Joseph, where he unpacks the life of Joseph from the Bible. Joseph is a supreme example of someone who had every right to be a victim to his circumstances, but he recognized that he had a choice.

We choose. And when we can acknowledge the fact that we choose, then we have the power to make change in the future. One simple way we can begin to take back our power is by choosing our language around our choices. Let me illustrate be restating the first paragraph from a place of choice.

I chose to wake up early this morning, in time to to enjoy the peace of the quiet house. In fact, I chose to set my alarm for 5:40am so I could take a nice hot shower before waking my amazing kids up for school. I chose to eat breakfast and although it wasn’t great, I chose the food I ate. I chose to help my son by making a sandwich for his lunch. I chose to talk with the kids while I drove them to school. (And I chose to enroll the kids in an excellent school, where I am their transportation.)

I chose my morning and if I want the actual activities or the attitudes of my day to change, then I must control my choices and the language around my choices. This tiny change of language has radically changed my life and it can change yours too! Kind of like Clean Sinks, Floss, and Sit-Ups – little changes of habit can create greater results than we could ever imagine.

Be Extraordinary!

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5 comments on “Change Your Language. Change Your Life.

  1. Lisa says:

    I love this! This is something I have been really focusing on lately. Down to the “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. That is how I try to choose what I post on FB. I don’t want to be a downer to people. I want to encourage. Last night as I was doing my strong Ab Challenge I turned on Dr. Oz that I had recorded earlier in the week. It was on Elizabeth Smart. WOW. 1-2 punch in the gut. If you haven’t watched it I highly recommend doing so. What an amazing example of what should come out of our mouth. She has every right to be angry but she, even during her captivity, chose to see something positive. One day the only thing she could think of was that she was glad she could sleep. WOW. We have it so great and yet there is so much complaint out of our mouths. It is truly time to change!! Thanks Traci!

    • tracicast says:

      Thanks Lisa! It is so true that our language to ourselves and others is so powerful. I will check out the Elizabeth Smart interview.
      Choose an amazing day! šŸ™‚

  2. Juleen says:

    Love your blog! Appreciate the positive hits!

  3. […] us. My wife loves to say, ā€œChange your language, change your life.ā€ Last week she wrote an awesome blog on the power of changing how you say, what you […]

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