5/28/2009 9:08:14 PM
The power of words
I have been raised to be very aware of the words I use. One common phrase my father never let me use was "What you said made me feel..." because no one can ever make you feel anything. You choose your reaction, either consciously or subconsciously. He was very clear that the way we talk about something influences the way we live, and he never wanted me to be a victim, but to be responsible for my own life.
Unfortunately, my father had average financial knowledge, so phrases like "don't get into debt," "go to college and get a good job," and "start saving for retirement right away" were all common. He thought these were solid, smart and powerful words, because he didn't know better.
As my husband and I expand our financial knowledge, we are changing these words, one step at a time. "Don't get into BAD debt," "get a good PASSIVE INCOME," "start saving for an INVESTMENT that has CASH FLOW." Its tough, because the habits are still there, but whenever one of us starts using the old words, the other speaks up and corrects. Words shape thoughts, and thoughts lead to actions. We know what actions we want to take, but to keep on track we have to use the words that will get us there.