Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. --Lau Tzu
Although I am a fan of Lau Tzu, it isn't his quote that I am talking about here. The most powerful words in the world will be the ones you speak today and each day to the people around you. They are the words you speak to a stranger in need. They are the words you speak to an employee, a coworker, a friend, or a person who quietly seeks your encouragement. Some of the most incredible strengths of a great leader are mindfulness in speech and generosity in wisdom.
When we go out of our way to speak hope and joy and encouragement into the lives of others, even when they may not deserve it, we are changing the world one word at a time. When we speak mean-heartedness, anger, and condescension, we are taking life away from those who may need it most. There is both life and death in the power of the tongue.
This lesson hit home for me this evening. I received a message from a person who had attended one of my events last year. She told me that the advice I had given her likely saved the life of her daughter. One of the pieces of wisdom I shared at this particular event related to changing one's beliefs about their current situation in life. My objective was to help people see that peace, success, harmony, or any other state could be accomplished with the right questions. Those were words I shared in a room full of superstars. The words themselves had power only when the message behind them influenced perspective. However, how many times has someone spoken something into your life that changed your perspective? If you are like most people, me included, the words we receive from others are continuously influencing our thinking. Although they may not change us permanently, they often change us momentarily. When there are enough of those moments stacked on top of each other, that is when the change truly takes hold.
When we compliment another person, we give perspective that they should recognize their own greatness. When we hope for another person's success and tell them about it, we speak possibility into their life. Your words will either create life or destroy it in another person. Choose your words wisely. Every time you open your mouth and speak, your words will have power to someone. If you truly want to create change in this world, speak the positive change into another person's life every single day!