This month there has been a focus on reinvention. It was not planned, but somehow the theme seemed to take on life of it’s own. An unplanned video seemed to spark a line of thought that won’t let go, just yet.
Have you ever noticed how you adjust your language when addressing different groups? While you may use your native tongue there are nuances. You may have a work language that allows you to communicate with colleagues that adjusts slightly when speaking with clients or your boss. You have a different language with your spouse than with your children. If you travel even domestically you may adjust your language for the region.
Reinvention has a language too and your words can move you toward action or inhibit your progress. The language of reinvention is:
- Clear. You are not maybe, possibly thinking of changing, you are doing it. You state clear objectives even if the map to achieve them is still unformed.
- Hopeful. The process of change begins with a belief that you can. Throughout the journey you must keep this belief alive, especially in the face of challenge, with language that is positive.
- Adventurous. Your language embraces possibilities, it is open and adventurous and speaks of what can be done rather than focusing on barriers. Joanna Young has an excellent 3 part series going on the Language of Possibility.
- New. When reinventing, especially if casting off unwanted behavior or circumstances choose new language to replace your old perspective.
- Grateful. Your language reflects gratitude for the good in your life, which keeps you on balance and able to take action on the things that need changing.
- Energetic. Your words lift you rather than pull you down. They spur you on to the finish with buoyancy.
You will notice that this new language is all about C-H-A-N-G-E. If we change our language, our actions will follow.
Have you ever found yourself speaking a language that put up barriers to change? How did you work though it?