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Glen Dalakian Business Matters
May 14, 2018

‘Words Resonate’

By Glen J. Dalakian Sr.

Glen Dalakian Business Matters

When a word is spoken it carries with it meaning and can often start the mind that heard it to thinking. If I was to say “dessert” one might get a mental image of ice cream or a cake or perhaps an éclair; or “steak” which might start our mouths watering. Or perhaps it’s a frightening word that causes one to despair, or the mention of a place that may evoke fond memories.  Words can have a powerful impact, and they certainly resonate within us, and in the people we say them to.

So what are you saying every day; to your staff, your family and even to yourself? I’m not going off on a “self-speak” seminar here, but have you been thinking of your words lately?  Encouragement, kindness, confidence, caring are actions that can enhance our lives, but they are all words that translate into feelings. They can cause action and reaction to those speaking them and/or hearing them. So what are your words saying?  You choose them. You use them. You often act according to them, whether you realize it or not.

So I challenge you to prove out this concept. Start by thinking through some goals that you’d like to achieve to be able to enjoy your professional and/or personal relationships more. Then write down what you feel will motivate, encourage and otherwise stir-to-action those around you.  Perhaps to a manager at the office who is feeling overwhelmed or an employee that has been having a series of difficulties or maybe someone who works alongside you that is experiencing rough times. What could you say (in as few words as possible) that might alter their trajectory? Which choice morsels of verbiage might resonate with that person to do greater works and become better?

Take control of your words, especially now that you know they resonate, which means they may have long-term effects. These waves generated by words derive actions and lead people to make choices that can be in your best interests or not. So be careful and intentional with your words.

Perhaps you hope to see some change at home with a spouse or one of your children. Words to a young child can go a long way. I still to this day can hear my Dad’s voice in moments when his words resonated.

Check your words. Do this today, because they may just resonate for years or possibly decades to come. Like a strong cliché or valuable quotes of wisdom that hang-on through the ages, they are all “words” that “resonate.”

“Throughout human history, our greatest leaders and thinkers have used the power of words to transform our emotions, to enlist us in their causes, and to shape the course of destiny. Words cannot only create emotions, they create actions. And from our actions flow the results of our lives.” 

Tony Robbins