The Surprising Power Your Words Have on Your Future
Your words carry the power to change the environment—not just the atmosphere, but also the physical landscape. Studies have shown that positive words deliberately spoken with mindful intention have positively impacted cities, water sources, and soil fertility.
In a famous study conducted by Japanese scientist Dr. Masaru Emoto, it was shown that water molecules change shape in response to spoken words. Hateful, critical words caused the water molecules to become distorted and ugly. Words of gratitude, love, and celebration caused the molecules to brighten into beautiful, symmetric designs.
That said, did you know that nearly 60 percent of the adult human body is water? In fact, the brain and heart are composed of 73 percent water, while the lungs are about 83 percent water! Like the frozen water crystals in Dr. Emoto’s experiment, every thought, every emotion, every word causes your brain waves to take on specific “shapes.” Your life will take on the positive or negative shape of the positive or negative words you speak as well as the positive and negative emotions you feel. Your life and everything in it is affected by every word you speak.
“Words are the vibrations of nature,” writes Dr. Emoto. “Therefore beautiful words create beautiful nature. Ugly words create ugly nature.”
You might not feel as if you’re seeing the effect of your words on your circumstances or in the environment around you, but they are always influencing change on every level. Words of gratitude like seeds will sprout more of what you are grateful for. Words of grumbling will sprout a thistle patch of more to grumble about. Be mindful of the words you speak and use them to create the changes you want to see in your life, relationships, circumstances, and future.
Customize Your Statements
If you think back to your childhood, you can probably remember when you first discovered an interest or talent, or even certain experiences or encounters that you now know were forming you. What were these hinting to you about your unique voice and the unique sound you carry?
Voice refers to one’s “distinctive tone or style.” According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word voice is rooted in the Latin vocare, which means “to call” denoting an “invisible spirit or force that directs or suggests.” The same root, vox, is found in the words invoke, meaning to call upon, evoke, meaning to call forth, and provoke, meaning to incite—all words of activation. Your voice, in other words, is an activating force.
You alone have the power to speak life and light into your future. A series of well-constructed vision statements that you can recall and repeat on a daily basis will add more fuel to the flame of your vision. When you are able to clearly articulate what it is you want to see come to pass, you will begin to voiceprint your future. Your desired reality will begin to take shape.
Change the Way You Think by Changing the Way You Speak
It is commonly believed that to change the way you speak, you must change the way you think. But just as putting a smile on your face changes your disposition, speaking positive words changes the neural pathways of your mind. In fact, speaking a blessing over someone else, or even over your meal, is perhaps beneficial to the health of your own soul.
Your voice is like a muscle that you can strengthen by encountering resistance. You must discipline your words and align them with where you want to go regardless of the obstacles you encounter. You must speak with purpose, harnessing the power of your words to align your thoughts with the vision you have in your mind.
Your mind is predisposed to replaying the stories you’ve grown accustomed to telling yourself—repeating old scripts that are not serving your vision. To silence that inner saboteur, you’ll need to rewrite the program. You’ll have to reach beyond the thoughts you think on the surface of your conscious wakeful mind to the bedrock of belief systems lying deep within. The most efficient way to reprogram your subconscious is to expose it to the sound of your voice telling a new story. This powerful practice will help silence the interior voices keeping you trapped in an old narrative.
Make Yourself Heard Above the Noise
As important as it is to simply speak your vision out, you must also share it—not only with your family and friends, but also with a wider network in your community and others in your field. The more you share your vision, the more power you give it, both by reinforcing it in your mind as well as garnering the support of others. This will also position you for greater success as a leader and influencer.
Listening to how others respond and incorporating new ideas and suggestions will only make your vision stronger. Sharing your vision—or even components of it—will help refine it by bringing greater clarity, as well as growing it through the insights and ideas offered by others.
Vision casting—and crafting—is not a onetime event. It involves re-scripting your inner dialogue, re-landscaping the interior of your mind, and redirecting deeply rooted neural pathways. “Visioneering” involves the art and science of using the neuroplasticity of the brain. It involves not only mindfully thinking for a change, but also mindfully speaking for whole-life transformation.
Your life is governed by your thoughts—and the best way to direct your thoughts is to direct your words. You must tell your mind what to think. How you think and speak is a matter of habit. Changing a habit or lifestyle you’ve become accustomed to is difficult—it takes conviction, courage, and willpower applied over time to truly change the course of your life.
When you are able to clearly articulate what it is you want to see come to pass, you will begin to voiceprint your future. Harness the power of your words to align your thoughts with the vision of the future you have in mind—undergirded by the force of your positive expectation.
This article is excerpted from Hello, Tomorrow!: The Transformational Power of Vision (Charisma House, 2018) by Cindy Trimm. Trimm has dedicated her life to serving God and humanity. A best-selling author, Trimm is a sought-after empowerment specialist, revolutionary thinker, and transformational leader. Her best-selling books The Prayer Warrior’s Way, The Art of War for Spiritual Battle, and Commanding Your Morning have sold more than one million copies combined.