Power of words That Will Reshape Your Approach To Life (8 mins read)

We are living in an internet age or post-truth world where we are constantly overloaded with information. That’s an another debate whether it’s useful or useless. However, this post is about words that has power to reshape our approach to life.

I don’t know if you have experienced ever but sometimes words speaks to you when you are in silence. It happens to me a lot. Words  have  power  to  desire, to inspire, to attract, to love,  to hate, and to live.

The power of words

Words have evolved through the ages in lockstep with humankind. Perhaps more than any other factor, it is the mastery of language that sets us apart from the animal world. But words are slippery things. We often hear statements such as “those are only words.” It is well-known that they can be used to inspire as well as to illuminate or deceive. In any debate, similar language is used by both sides to present completely opposite views.

Once upon a time, in a town called far far away, A seller  had  two parrots  to sell. Green  parrot  cost  more  than that  of  multi  colored  parrot who was apparently more  beautiful and attractive.

One buyer was passing through this shop when he saw these parrots and the price of both the parrots that made him wondered. So he went  inside the shop and  inquired about those  parrots. The seller confirmed the rate as written on the tag. 

The buyer was surprise at the price difference, the Green parrot costs 1000 bucks while multi coloured costs only 150 bucks. So he asked curiously to the seller, “why the beautiful parrot  costs less?”

Let me demonstrate you, what you are not seeing. Then, the Seller clapped near the green parrot. The Green parrot said, “Namaste, how are  you today? wish you a very happy day.”

The buyer replied, “I am very well, thank you.” and was impressed.

The buyer was surprised at fluency of speaking words and said, “I understad now, why the green parrot is more expensive. The green can speak.”

The seller said, “So can the multicolored parrot.”

Then, he clapped near the multicolored parrot.

The buyer was excited so he greeted to multicolored parrot, “How are you doing?”

The Multi coloured parrot replied, “I don’t answer stupid questions, you f***face.”

The buyer was shocked at the response. End of story, the buyer bought the green one. It’s not the ability to speak but the way we speak influence our life.

We came, We saw and We loved.

The Power of Desire

A young man once approached Socrates and asked him how he could acquire wisdom and knowledge.

“Follow me,” Socrates said in response, as he led the young man down to the sea. The young man followed as Socrates began wading through the water, first at the ankle, then knee, then waist, and finally to shoulder height.

Then, rather abruptly, Socrates grabbed the young man and dunked him under the water. The young man struggled desperately and just before he blacked-out, Socrates pulled him up.

Infuriated, the young man screamed, “What are you doing?! Trying to kill me?”

Calmly, Socrates responded, “Absolutely not. If that was my intention, I would not have pulled you up.”

“Then why did you just do that?” the young man gasped.

“When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you desired that breath of air, then you shall have it,” Socrates replied while looking the man in the eyes. Then, he turned to the shore and walked away.

Meaning of Desire
Power of Desire

If you want something bad enough, you’ll make it happen. However, if you don’t want something, even the best of strategies won’t serve you.

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” — Napoleon Hill

Unfortunately, most people are incorrectly seeking strategies of how to get “success” or some other thing. In this way, they are putting the cart before the horse.

The right strategy will show itself when you are clear on what you want.

So the million bucks question is, how do you know what you want?

Most people are waiting for an epiphany. They’re waiting for someone or something outside of them to rattle or shake them. Or, they just want a quick fix. Hence, the focus on strategy and not on vision and values.

If you’re waiting for something to “wake you up” so you finally have the passion, motivation, or desire to put your whole soul into life, you’ll be waiting a long time.

Rather than waiting, your only chance at fully living is to proactively do something yourself.

It doesn’t matter what you did or where you were…it matters where you are and what you’re doing. Get out there! Sing the song in your heart and NEVER let anyone shut you up!!

When was the last time you did a workout where you literally put everything into it?

When was the last time you really tried, I mean REALLY tried, at anything?

If you’re like most people, you’re probably putting half-thought and half-effort into most of what you’re doing.

Paul Arden, the famed designer and author, once said, “Don’t look for the next opportunity. The one you have in hand is the opportunity.” He also said, “Too many people spend too much time trying to perfect something before they actually do it. Instead of waiting for perfection, run with what you got, and fix it along the way.”

Interestingly, the research in psychology over the past few years has made a shift. It was assumed for decades that our minds could alter our physical state, but not the other way around. However, research is now showing that your body, even your posture, directly influences your mind and emotions. You change from the inside-out, yes, but also from the outside-in. And you can leverage that to your benefit.

If you want more motivation, do something about it.

Put your heart into something. Not “the next thing,” but the thing right in front of you.

Not into tomorrow’s workout, but today’s workout.

Not into tomorrow’s work, but today’s work.

Not into tomorrow’s people, but today’s people.

Not into tomorrow’s future, but today’s present.

As Thomas Monson has said, “There is no tomorrow to remember if we don’t do something today.”

Nothing feels better than trying your best. NOTHING.

Try failing, Just don't fail to try.

The power of LIFE

Today, There is a trend I see everywhere where people are so concerned and they asked sometimes, “What are the 5 things I should do every morning to achieve success or happiness or peace or be healthy?”

You see many messages or videos where people keep saying, “Once you wake up, first thing in the morning you should drink water. It will detoxify your body.”

Another typical answer to get success, “You should look in the mirror and say this to yourself, you are the best and you can do impossible things.”

Some people would suggest, “You should do 30 minutes of exercise.” or “drink green tea” or “You should have 5 years career plan” etcetera; etcetera;

I think Happiness or peace or health or wealth shouldn’t be a goal but it should be a by-product.

I wondered sometimes, is that the only purpose of life? be healthy or wealthy.  In the rat race, we forgot one thing, we are ALIVE. I mean can you imagine, every day 1 million people die and don’t get the chance to see the day light So if you are fortunate one to be alive then first thing in the morning, you should have a big SMILE and say THANK YOU as you are still alive to fulfill the purpose of your life.

In his book, The Power of Starting Something Stupid, Richie Norton begins by telling the story of his son’s death. The painful realisation of the fragility of life shook Norton. He vowed to never waste another day of his short life again. His mantra became:

Today is My Everything

Thus, Norton further states, “No more tomorrows. Today is the day.

The Power of Now

The power of present time

Look at your life.

Where are you now compared to where you could be?

In his book, The Little Minister, J. M. Barrie says,

“The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another, and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.”

What should you have started last week, last month, or even last year?

Where would you be if you had started last week?

Where would you be if you had started last month?

Where would you be if you had started last year?

Where would you be if you had started 5 years ago?

These thoughts may be somewhat depressing, but hiding from them isn’t going to help. The brutal truth is what you must face if you’re serious about making your future better than your past.

Life is all about taking chances. It’s all about these difficult decision which add up to greatness. And there are times when you have to challenge greatness on the face of it.

Your current position in life is a reflection of your previous desires, planning, and choices. If you want a better future, you’ll need to make some immediate and powerful changes and choices right now.

It's choice -not chance -that determines your destiny.

Now is the time.

It will never be convenient to be and live how you know you should. If it was convenient, everyone would be living at a much higher level. There would be no internal conflict. Instead, most people are continuing to wait for someone or something outside of them to wake them up or pick them.

It’s not going to happen for those people.

If you want something from life, you have to want it as bad as you want air. And you have to start TODAY.

And one of my favorite single ‘Words’, greatest hits of all time: 

It’s only words
And words are all I have
To take your heart away !

 

In the end,

In the movie, Gattaca, a young man, Vincent, is born with every disadvantage imaginable. It simply isn’t his “fate” to have the life he wants.

But he doesn’t accept that fate. Instead, he does everything, even risks his very life, to have the life he most deeply desires.

One scene in the movie is particularly moving.

Vincent and his far genetically/mentally superior brother, Anton, swim out from the shore of the ocean as far as they can. The first one to turn around and head back for shore loses. Thus, they must keep in mind the energy they’ll need for the swim back.

All throughout their lives, Vincent and Anton have had this competition. Every time, Vincent was the one to turn around first and swim back to shore. However, at the end of the movie, Vincent is changed. One last time, the brothers step into the water and begin swimming.

Eventually, Anton cries out, “Vincent! Vincent! Where’s the shore? We’re too far out.”

“You want to quit?” Vincent asks.

“We’re too far out!” Anton yells.

“You want to quit?” Vincent repeats.

Pausing and considering his safety, Anton pridefully yells, “No!”

So they keep swimming, further and further out.

Eventually, Anton pauses and calls out, “Vincent! How are you doing this? Vincent, how have you done any of this? We have to go back.”

“No, it’s too late for that. We are closer to the other side,” Vincent responds.

“What other side? Do you want to drown us both?” Anton says in frustration.

“You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it, Anton: I never saved anything for the swim back,” Vincent said resolutely.

Terrified, Anton turns around and desperately begins swimming back to the shore. Eventually, Anton begins to drown and Vincent saves him and pulls him back to shore, swimming on his back and looking up into the sky.

When was the last time you wanted something badly enough to die for it? Similarly, when was the last time you were willing to actually live for something?

Benjamin P. Hardy said, there is SO MUCH in your life right now that is worth living for. You have people in your life right now that you’re taking for granted. You have an endless well of untapped potential within you, just sitting dormant.

There is no next opportunity, only the one right in front of you.

When are you going to start living?

Nothing can stop you once you decide what you want. But you have to decide.

To quote Napoleon Hill, “There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.”

The pursuit of Happiness
The pursuit of Happiness

 

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References:

  1. It’s not how good you are , it’s how good you want to be by Paul Arden;

2. The Little Minister By J M BARRIE;

3. The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live without Regret By Richie Norton.

4. Think and Grow Rich By Napoleon Hill.

5. Teachings of Thomas S. Monson

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48 thoughts on “Power of words That Will Reshape Your Approach To Life (8 mins read)

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  1. I have laughed out loud at some of your musings (parrot talk), and read over other parts, I have agreed in my head with some logic, and I have pondered on my own actions. A very indepth insight in to the power of words. For they are very powerful, good example is you just had me absorbed in your writing! But really, yes, words are most powerful. We learn so much from them, and depending on what we read or hear, depends on our next move, or how we plan or what we believe in. A great piece, thank you.

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    1. Thank you Laura. The important thing is not to lose present moment in the worry of future, as nobody knows what will happen next? and if we take care of our present, don’t need to worry about past or future.

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  2. You present many things to consider. I appreciate all. My “Love Language” is words of affirmation, so your first paragraph really spoke to me. Definitely enjoyed the post and the reading suggestions. Thank you for this.

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    1. Thank you Sarah, purpose of life is to expand but sometimes our surroundings makes us doubt ourselves. So it’s quite important to live in the present. By the way, seen your blog, it’s quite wonderful.

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  3. Wow, what a thought provoking article. The parrot story really highlights what you’re saying! I think we also underestimate the effort it takes to make sure we think carefully about the words we use and their effect – that’s why in the heat of the moment we often say things we later regret, because we don’t take the time to censor ourselves.

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    1. Learning to live in now can be the best and easiest thing people can do, will take away 90% of our problems. Thank you tiffany for feedback. It would be great, if you could also share with your friends, who knows it may prove helpful to somebody.

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  4. My favorites were that one about Aristotle, and that one about Gattaca. They compare life to swimming and drowning — very powerful imagery of words. I think though that maybe this one inspirational article could have been split up into shorter bite size parts for each of the main points.

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  5. My teacher in Physics when I was in high school used to say that we should do things now because we might not have the chance to do it tomorrow. Regardless of how prepared we are, we have no absolute guarantee about the future.

    ❀ Grace ❀

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  6. i’ve just been in a summer camp and had different sessions about encouragging ourselves and others.. and i definitely agree that words has the power to shape one’s life.. really love this post.. thanks so much!

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