The Power Of Words - Bring Creativity And Strength To Your Business
“There is immense power in words. Whether we hear them as spoken or written messages, words create new states of mind.” The words we speak to those around us and how we present those words can have a lifelong impact on those we interact with. We can use our words to tear someone down or empower and lift them up.
The Science Behind The Power Of Words
Dr. Masaru Emoto was an author and scientist who believed that human consciousness affects the molecular structure of water. He believed that vibrations and emotional energy could change the physical structure of water and that polluted water could become clean through positive visualization.
Dr. Emoto conducted a fascinating experiment in the 1990s to learn how the power of words changed the structure of water crystals. When water was frozen and free from all impurities, it formed beautiful ice crystals that looked like snowflakes under the microscope. When he conducted the experiment using polluted water or water with things added to it, such as fluoride, the water would freeze without forming any crystals.
During the experiment, Dr. Emoto poured water into vials with words written on them. He wrote phrases on them such as “I hate you,” “I love you,” “fear,” and “peace.” After twenty-four hours, the vial with the positive phrase vials formed beautiful snow-like patterns under a microscope. The vials with negative phrases written on them resulted in gray or yellowish clumpy formations. The experiment concluded that the energy projected onto something could change the object’s physical structure.
Dr. Emoto later conducted another interesting experiment regarding the power of spoken words and their effect on two cups of cooked white rice. He left two cups of white rice in an elementary school classroom. On one cup, he labeled it “Thank you.” On the other cup, he labeled it “You fool.” He instructed the students to speak the words on the label to the corresponding cup of rice twice daily for thirty days. At the end of the thirty days, the rice that had the label “You fool” on it had turned into a black jelly-like mass! The rice that had the label “Thank you” on it was as white and fresh-looking as the day it was cooked!
The Power Of Words In Our Everyday Life
We don’t always realize when we accidentally speak negative words about ourselves. It may be something as simple as “I hate my big nose.” What about the words that others have spoken toward you? If you were bullied as a child, you might still carry the emotional trauma of the names you were called many years ago.
The human body is made up of on average 60%-70% of water. Because sound vibrations travel quickly in water, we can see what Dr. Emoto’s experiment on water says about the power of words on our bodies and in our lives. We should take the time to be more conscious of the words we speak over ourselves and the words we speak to others.
We should avoid speaking self-criticism and self-deprecation over ourselves. Instead, practice gratitude by finding things about yourself that you can appreciate. When you speak those positive words to yourself, you will gain a boost in confidence.
The Power Of Words In Business
Now that you understand that the words we speak have power, it may help you in the interactions you have with others on a daily basis. In business, especially in leadership positions, your words can have a positive impact on your team, your clients, and anyone you do business with. Words can either inspire and motivate others, or they can be used to criticize someone. If you want to maintain a positive work environment and work relationships, it starts with communication.
Try using power words to motivate your team without sounding bossy or critical. Speak encouraging words to them about their great skills. Let them know that you chose them for a project because you recognize their skills, even if they don’t have the confidence in themselves. When you speak positively to them in this manner, their mind will shift from “I can’t” to an “I can” thought process. When you let your team know that you need their help with something, you show them that you believe in them and appreciate their support. It also comes off much nicer than doling out orders. When a team feels appreciated by their manager, they will feel more motivated to achieve what you ask of them and do a great job.
Just as the white rice in Dr. Emoto’s experiment responded positively to the words, “Thank you,” so will the people you work with. When you thank someone for their help or a job well done, you show them that you value and appreciate the work that they do. This encourages them to maintain this work ethic, fostering respect for you. When you have mutual respect with your team or peers, it breeds a positive working environment that everyone will benefit from.
Another way to foster respect in business is to make people feel heard. The power of these two words, “say more,” can create rich conversations that allow for better communication. Encouraging someone to “say more” shows them that you are listening and interested and you value what they are communicating. It can also clear up any confusion or miscommunication. You will stand out as a respected leader who takes the time to listen and understand those you work with.
Creating a positive working environment with both your team and your clients can be part of your business values that you want to set up within your facility. The words you speak in your communications become part of your business values. Speaking about yourself in a positive way shows that you value yourself. It also reflects your confidence. Your communications can also reflect how much you value those you work with and the clients you serve. When people feel respected and heard, it builds trust.