Sparkles, glory and magic are power words! Words truly do have power and impact if you let them. Over the past few years I’ve read a lot about power words. I was extremely skeptical at first, as I often am, but was pleasantly shocked just as I once was about intentional thoughts. If you let them, they will actually empower you. You just have to open your mind and have a little faith. This is coming from the person that claims to be a realist, and only takes stock in things that I can see or prove.
Years of writing and reading psychology articles I’d heard them referred to before as, “words that trigger a psychological or emotional response.” However, I had never applied them directly in life. After reading Kara Goucher’s “Strong” a book that breaks down ways to develop running confidence and zero in on strengths, weaknesses and building from it I found an exercise that utilized power words. I applied it.
Okay….So How Are ” Power Wordd” Applicable?
Essentially you write down a bunch of words that come to mind. Words that motivate you, speak to you, or you want to reflect you. A few for me were: “Redemption, Believe, Strength, and Hope.” All things I felt or wanted to reflect my progress. I narrowed it down to one at a certain point last summer during training and then out of nowhere I realized my focus had switched to “relentless” and it became my power word for most of 2018. I kept it in my mind during my runs, I kept it in my mind during exercises, yoga, work, and everything that I did. It became a part of my life and gave me strength to push through all the obstacles that I faced later that year and there were plenty.
This is just taking intentional thoughts a step further and focusing specifically on something you want to believe or something true about you. Consciously or subconsciously you start to live the word and it becomes a part of you. Sure, if you’re lactose intolerant you may want to avoid all the cheese here, but I’ll go with the super cereal option and recommend giving it a go yourself. Use power words.