There is power in our words. Words can motivate or demoralize both ourselves and those around us. If you want to become a successful professional and motivate others to succeed as well, you need to cultivate a filter system with your words. For example, change your perspective to be focused on positive thoughts and make a habit of speaking encouraging words each day. Obviously, no one can be positive all the time. However, making an effort to be more motivating can make a huge impact in your world.
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1. "Thank you"
Grateful People tend to be in better health and overall mental wellness because they have a perspective that values life and the precious people and things they have. Regularly saying thank you to people is an outward extension of your inner gratitude meter. Saying thank you demonstrates your respect for others and recognizes their efforts on your behalf. When you say these two words to someone, you can even make their day brighter; especially because this type of respect and gratitude is lacking in our culture today.
2. "No, I can't"
In our world of over-achievers and those who maximize productivity, saying no, I can’t seems highly counterproductive. However, saying no means that you have set specific boundaries and are not able to take on another responsibility. Of course, you cannot say no all the time or you’d never get any work done or bring any productivity to the workplace. Utilize your no’s in moderation as the situation, pressure and time constraints dictate.
3. "I love you"
Of course, you won’t say I love you in the workplace or other professional environments. However, it is important to say these three words to those in your personal life who are important to you. Just imagine having a fight with a loved one and an angry statement was the last few words you ever spoke to that person because that person died unexpectedly. We never know when our time is over in this world so make every word you say count. Seize the day and live each one as though it was your last.
4. "You're welcome"
If you do something for someone, and receive a thank you, most likely you enjoy the feeling of saying you’re welcome. The person has demonstrated that your gesture was appreciated and you show that you were happy to do what you did. Saying you’re welcome cements a positive exchange and continues to cultivate a respectful and polite society and positive workplace atmosphere.
5. "I'm sorry"
These two words are monumental because they mean so much and are not always said when they should be. No one is perfect and when we make mistakes, it is so important to own up to our actions and take responsibility for them. The first part of that process is to say the words I’m sorry and then work to rectify the situation. In order to truly own up to your mistakes, you need to own up to the words I’m sorry—and not add any negations like I didn’t really mean to or but you started this. Making such disclaimers almost always negates your apology because you’re blaming the other person as well.
There are times when the situation calls for you to say absolutely nothing at all. Some of those types of situations could be when you’re furious, depressed, angry or irritated. Most likely, you will highly regret whatever you say in one of those circumstances. Take a step away and try to calm down before speaking again. Saying nothing in these incidents is especially important when interacting in the workplace. As much as is possible, it is vital to maintain a professional demeanor.
7. "I need help"
These three words can be considered some of the hardest to say. Most of us like to do things on our own and think we do not need assistance. Even as young children, we so quickly grow up and tell our parents, no, I want to do it myself. The process is part of our normal development as we learn to become independent. However, there will come times in our lives when we need to accept help. Asking for help is not a failure. It is better to seek assistance (when warranted) rather than making a huge mistake or hurting yourself in the process.
8. "You are amazing"
As mentioned in the beginning of this article, if you want to be successful, you need to learn how to cultivate positivity in the world around you. This process begins by telling yourself each day that you are amazing and can do anything you set your mind to. Additionally, it involves spreading the love and telling someone else that he or she is amazing. Encouragement will go a long way toward facilitating increased productivity in the workplace.
9. "Here are my thoughts"
Successful people know how to collaborate and work with others to reach their maximum potential in the workplace and business world. When you are working on the next team project, you can begin by saying here are my thoughts or something to that effect. The purpose behind those words is that you want to let others know that you are fostering a collaborative environment. Rather than simply saying, I think this is the only way (or the best way) to do it. Working together and getting input from your colleagues will increase your chances of succeeding.
10. "Can I help you?'
This simple question relates to the statement where you asked for help. Again, most people do not like to seek assistance. However, as we’ve already established, sometimes you need help. If you see someone struggling during the day and you’re able to assist this person, ask can I help you and don’t walk away. Remember the feeling that you dislike asking for help and keep that in mind during such circumstances in helping others. For example, make a point to keep your tone cooperative rather than condescending.
Do you say any of these phrases or statements during your daily commute to work, in the workplace or at home with friends and family? Have you seen any positive results from cultivating positivity in your life? Then let us know in the comments section below.