Today’s guest post comes from Steven Rice from True Spiritual Awakening. I was introduced to Steve when I joined a blogging group on Facebook. I learned a great deal from his writings, and way of looking at things. I’m particularly excited about this post, because of the topic of discussion. Please, don’t forget to share this post with others, as well as share your thoughts and feedback in the comments. I know he’ll be glad to hear from each of you. So without further ado, let’s Welcome our next Guest Fellow Releaser!
The other day, I was watching the show Undercover Boss. This is a show produced in the United States. In it, the CEO or managing executive of a major company goes “undercover” to perform everyday tasks in his or her own company.
Without exception, these experiences challenge the manager or executive and the employees with whom they interact.
As I was watching, I was struck with how significantly a single word of appreciation or recognition impacts a person. Often with a single expression of appreciation, from the boss (who at this time has revealed him or herself to the employee), the employee becomes emotional and then says something like, “I didn’t know anyone noticed” or “It feels so good to know the company appreciates what I do.” And then, they often follow it with this powerful declaration: I’ll never forget this!
We are all the same. We all desire approval. We all want to know that we matter. We all want to know that we are significant and that we are seen.
”We all want to know we matter. We want to know we are significant…that we are seen” Tweet
Every Word Has Power
Every word has power. The power of a single word can transform…
Think about the transformational power of each of these words.
What are the single words that bring power to your life? What are the words that you bring to the lives of others?
No matter who you are–boss or employee, parent or child, teacher or student–you have the power to hand out “never-forget-this” moments.
Sometimes you will recognize the opportunity ahead of time. Sometimes you won’t, but it may present itself unexpected. Seize each opportunity.
Speak the words. Take the time to notice each person you interact with. Take the time to express to them what you see. It could change their life.
I remember one time several years ago, I went into a fast food restaurant for lunch. There was a middle aged guy busing tables. He had the most helpful disposition and cheerful outlook.
Later, as I was eating, I told the manager that he had an amazing employee working there for him. “I know,” he said, adding, “he’s one of my best. I’ll let him know you said so, though.”
The manager actually misunderstood which employee I was referring to, and he told the kid at the counter what a good job he was doing. A week later (and every time I went in that store afterward), the boy greeted me with a cheerful “hello” and helpful smile. His level of service jumped dramatically.
All because his manager had passed on a compliment on the job he was doing. It didn’t matter that it was someone else I had complimented, the counter attendant rose to meet the expectation of the service I had commended him for.
In your own life, you have the opportunity to transform someone else’s by the simple words you speak.
What’s Really Going On?
It’s not just the words we speak that make the difference.
We all have a specific image of ourselves. These self-images are created from the data we gather from those around us and from our own minds.
The problem is that most of us have a badly-conditioned mind. We think things like, I’m not good enough. I’m not smart enough. I’m not pretty enough.
Other people don’t see us through the same lenses with which we view ourselves. Therefore, each of us has the opportunity to be a mirror to each other of who we really are.
When someone holds up a mirror to you and you see that I am good enough. I am smart enough. I am pretty enough, everything changes.
The bottom line is be a mirror to others of what you see and they will cherish you. They will appreciate you. Most importantly, they will love you. In that reflection, you will see yourself exactly as you are…exactly as you were meant to be–pure Love.
”In that reflection, you will see yourself exactly as you are…exactly as you were meant to be–pure Love.” Tweet
Because there is power in a single word.
Let’s Chat about the power of a single word….
What are the single words that bring power to your life? What are the words that you bring to the lives of others? What are your thoughts towards the power of words?
BIO: Steve Rice is the owner of True Spiritual Awakening. He is an author and entrepreneur committed to creating a well-lived life and helping others to do the same. You can follow him on twitter or connect on Facebook