The Power of Words
 It's been said that words are like tiny little seeds, and I believe that to be true. The words we say—to ourselves and to others—have the power to create our reality. If we plant negative, self-defeating words, we will reap a negative, self-defeating reality. But if we plant positive, affirming words, we will reap a positive, affirming reality. 

Let me give you an example from my own life. For years, I suffered from debilitating migraines. They would hit me like a ton of bricks every week without fail. And because I was in so much pain, I would often say things like, "I can't do this," or "This is never going to get better." Of course, those words only made me feel worse. 

But I had 4 children. And I had to find a way to get better because I couldn't afford to be laid up in bed with migraines all the time; I had children who needed me. So I started saying things like, "I am getting better every day," and "I am strong enough to overcome this." And you know what? Miraculously, my migraines started getting better. They're not gone completely, but they've become manageable because my words have changed. 

And it's not just our words that create reality; it's also the words of others. When people tell us we can't do something or that we're not good enough, those words can stick with us and shape how we see ourselves—unless we consciously choose to reject them. We have the power to decide what kind of reality we want to create for ourselves by being mindful of the words we use—both the ones we say out loud and the ones we say in our heads. 

How Words Create Reality
When you understand how powerful your words are, you begin to understand how powerful you are. Your thoughts and your words are like seeds that you plant in your mind; over time, those seeds will grow into full-fledged belief systems that color your entire reality. So if you want to change your life, change your words. Change the dialogue you have with yourself from one of self-doubt and negativity to one of self-love and positivity. 

It sounds simple enough, but it's not always easy. Our brains are wired for negativity; it's called the negativity bias, and it's a survival mechanism that served us well way back when. These days, though, most of us don't have to worry about being eaten by wild animals on a regular basis (thank goodness!), but our brains haven't gotten the memo yet. So it falls on us to change the story we're telling ourselves—to override the negative tape loop with a new positive narrative. 

Fortunately, there are lots of ways to do this. If you're not sure where to start, here are a few ideas:
*Spend time studying the Bible every day (read it yourself cover to cover); 
*Keep a gratitude journal and list five things you're grateful for each day; 
*Say affirmations out loud every morning; 
*Write down your goals and visualize achieving them; 
*Spend time each day focusing on positive thoughts and emotions; 
*Choose friends and family members who build you up instead of tear you down; 
*Limit your exposure to negative news stories and toxic people; 
*Focus on solutions instead of problems; 
*Practice random acts of kindness toward yourself and others;  

Whatever method or combination of methods you choose, know that you have the power to change your life by changing your thoughts and your words—so choose wisely!  

Our thoughts and words create our reality; it's as simple as that. If we want to change our lives for the better, we need to change our dialogue from one of self-doubt and negativity to one of self-love and positivity. Whatever method or combination of methods works best for you know that YOU have the power to create change in YOUR life by choosing thoughts and words more wisely!

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