Thought I’d share with you an experience I have had this week with a number of clients – listening to their language I could hear echoes of beliefs they were holding about themselves, about others about the world and their place in it or all of the above!
Do you notice patterns in the words that you use to describe something that is going on for you and that is a challenge?
One example is about physical illness – using language that talks about ‘battling’ the illness or ‘fighting’ is quite common and often we talk about people or ourselves as being their illness.
Let’s look at that – if you tell your story as ‘I am a diabetic’ for example then it becomes part of your identity rather than something you are experiencing. This could potentially limit your thinking about the possibility of change,
Just one example as a way to trigger some thinking about how shifting the language you use could alter the results you get.
My invitation to you is listen to how you tell your story – what language do you use or notice others using and what does it suggest about the view of the world this paints? Or is it someone else’s language and voice you hear repeating through you?
If words create worlds and we only have to take a look at the media to see evidence of that – think about how you can shift your experience by changing the words you use to describe it.