Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose – Proverbs 18:21
I was watching Disney’s Anastasia the other day and one of the songs from the wonderful soundtrack is ‘Learn to Do It’. You can listen to it here.
Apart from the musical arrangement, chorus, melody – which I think are all brilliant – there’s a line that really stood out to me, ‘tell yourself it’s easy and it’s true’.
The power of words.
Have you ever heard a song that puts you in a particular mood? Or heard a phrase that reminds you of a certain person – whether pleasant or unpleasant? And then because of the mood that is set, it causes you to behave accordingly. You might feel hopeful or depressed, bold or defeated, excited or guilty. And these feelings affect what you do.
If hearing certain words evoke feeling and subsequent behaviour then that means you can influence behavior by controlling what you hear. Better yet, why don’t you tell yourself what you want to hear.
“I can exercise 3 times a week.”
“I can think positive and not complain.”
“I can make the effort to be a better communicator with friends and family.”
Tell yourself it’s easy and it’s true
This statement commands action. The only way to test it is to actually do it. Whether it’s the driving lessons and passing the test, or making healthier lifestyle choices. You can only see if it’s easy and [it’s] true by just doing it. And it’s in the process of doing it that you prove that it is easy becasue you’ve done it. Does that make sense?
Set yourself up to win today. What can you tell yourself is easy? Now go do it; to prove it’s true.