The Power of Words: Using Our Words to Empower

The great quote by Gandhi reads, “Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” As parents and caregivers of children, we all have their best interest at heart.  We want our little ones to receive everything they need in order to be healthy, happy, fulfilled, and smart children who grow to be successful enlightened adults. Would you believe me if I told you that we could give them all of this and more just through our words alone?

Studies support, we have the ability to improve our well-being, both mentally and physically, by consciously altering our thoughts.  Therefore, when we use our words to build up and empower our children we are contributing to their well-being.

Here’s how it works. Our brains communicate using chemicals.  Our brains, neurons specifically, transmit information to other parts of our bodies by way of axons and dendrites.  As we go about our day and through life, chemical connections are constantly being made. Repetition of thoughts, situations, circumstances and experiences continue to fortify and strengthen the chemical connections that have been formed. For example, If we were repeatedly told that we were poor, we would have physically created connections in our minds to reinforce the belief of being poor. We also would have developed habits that align with this belief and in turn manifest a reality of being poor.

When we take control of what goes in, we have a great impact on what comes out, or more accurately stated, what the outcome is. When we pour into our children, words which strengthen positive and productive chemical connections, this will result in physical connections in our little ones’ bodies that support these productive beliefs, in turn leading to habits that reflect these beliefs.  Ultimately, we will have turned our heartfelt intentions for our children into real life manifestations.  

Here’s something for you to try.  Begin everyday with some empowering words.  With your little one by your side, face the mirror. Tell your little one to repeat after you as you say out loud, statements that empower and uplift.  Here are a few you can try:

  • I am great
  • I am smart
  • I can do anything
  • I am amazing
  • I matter
  • I am grateful
  • I am worthy

Do this everyday and I guarantee things will begin to shift, manifesting things like courage and confidence for your little person. You don’t have to take my word for it, research says it’s so. If you want to read more about using words to empower and manifest positive changes, check out American College of PediatriciansPsychology Today, or MindTools, there’s also a ton of other resources available on the topic.