Saturday, September 3, 2011

Power of Words

A perceptive student noted and commented: that I always spoke of positive words and encouragement, when I teach as well as after teaching.

I believe that positive words are very important to our well-being. Just as how others have inspired and taught me, in turn, I want to create a positive impact on others too.

Noticed also Ron's words are always positive:
“Movement should be approached like life - with enthusiasm, joy and gratitude..." 
"Every time I teach, I pray that I will share WARMLY, WISELY AND WELL."

As teachers of movement (including dance teachers, Pilates teachers), we choose the words and imagery to help others move well. For example, we may say "wrap" your toes over the bar instead of "grab" your toes on the bar. Not forgetting, we do compliment and tell students when they have attempted an exercise well (based on their current state of physical condition).

Never under-estimate the power of words. A friend of mine who does Life Coaching ever asked "how often does your Saboteur speak in your thoughts? / How often do you allow that saboteur to stay in your thoughts?"

An experiment done by a Japanese researcher, Dr. Masaru Emoto on the power of words:

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This is so applicable to life as well. Hopefully, this will also kick-start the awareness of your thoughts today, tomorrow, the day after and the days to follow.
At the same time, choose your words carefully when you are upset or disappointed as well; for these words will definitely hurt or severely injure the receiver's self-worth. We have to take the experience as a lesson and accept that things happen (in life), and move on from there.
(Sometimes, besides acceptance, forgiveness has to be part of the equation too, in order to move on.)

A quote from a book I'm currently reading - "Straight from the Gut" by Jack Welch:
When people make mistakes, the last thing they need is discipline. It's time for encouragement and confidence building. The job at this point is to restore self-confidence.

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Movement should be approached like life - with enthusiasm, joy and gratitude – for movement is life and life is movement, and we get out of it what we put into it.”

~ Ron Fletcher

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