“The power of life and death is in the tongue” ~ Proverbs 18:21
My mom is 93 and a committed Christian who talks the talk and walks the walk. So much so that there were times I thought she was losing it because no matter what we discussed she would only speak to the situation using scriptures. Not just any scripture, scriptures related to faith. Never doubt.
As children, we thought it, believed it and we spoke it. We had the power! The power of life and death IS in the tongue. It’s not the words alone that give us the power. What we say gives life, it’s the conviction behind what we say that activates the power in what’s said. “Faith without works is dead”.
So it’s no surprise that as a child, I believed I could do whatever I set my mind to. Think about when you were a child. Way before the cares of adulthood, marriage, kids, bills…life clouded your psyche and began feeding us pessimism from society. What happened in your life to cause you to no longer have that tenacious faith in yourself that what you said was real and possible? Did you give in to life? Did you give in to what was said to or about you and not what was IN you? Did you think those things were true because “everyone is saying it”? This form of doubt and interruption of faith can come in the form of family, friends, and society.
According to an article on Mental Health Promotion in Public Health: Perspectives and Strategies From Positive Psychology, Learned optimism is not about looking at the world through rose-colored glasses or having unrealistic or self-deceptive expectations. Instead, it is about teaching skills needed to promote mental health and to avoid excessive worry, rumination, or spirals of negative thinking.
Therefore speak life, not death. blessings not curses, be an optimist vs a pessimist. Postive affirmations rewire your thought process. Believing your affirmations lead to activation. So if it’s a personal goal, aspirational career goal or maybe you’re reinventing yourself after a life experience that transformed you, the power to see the manifestation of what you speak in your life comes when you act on it. Do your homework. Research and create a plan to reach what you’ve spoken. Implement and believe regardless of obstacles, challenges, set backs or people. Find a support system of people who think like what you want for yourself and believe if you spoke it, IT is so.