March 7th, 2016

[podcast] 3 Ways to Use the Power of Your Words #010

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This week, we are talking about ways to use the power of your words positively. I share three different ideas:

1) Use your words to encourage and affirm.
Words have the power to build others up in encouraging ways. Do we do that often enough? Look for ways to compliment and affirm and encourage others in your home, your family, and even strangers you might meet. The power of positive words can last a lifetime!

2) Use your words to ask for what you want.
Sometimes we don’t realize the importance of speaking clearly about what we want and need. We do not have to be whiny or demanding, but directly speaking to loved ones and co-workers about your feelings, wants, and needs is so much more productive than hinting or (worse!) being passive aggressive or gossiping with others about your problems.

3) Use your words to teach and share.
We do this every day with our children, but are there ways you could do a better job sharing your perspective with your family and teaching your kids what it’s like to be a wife and/or mom? Additionally, are there ways that you could share the truth with others or stand up for what’s right in your family, workplace, or among friends?

In this week’s interview, we talk with Simcha Fisher. Simcha shares beautifully, and with her usual sense of humor, about some of the ways she has triumphed in her motherhood and lessons she has learned from writing online.

This week’s Girlfriends Shout-out goes to Sarah Reinhard, a past guest here on Girlfriends, who recently accepted a new position as senior marketing specialist at Kennedy Brownrigg Group, a communications company that focuses on the Catholic market. We are so happy for you and wish you the best of luck in your new adventure, Sarah!

This week’s challenge is to think about the three ways of using words positively we talked about: to encourage and affirm, to ask for what you want, and to teach and share. Choose one where you think you have room for improvement in your life and and make an effort to step outside of your comfort zone and USE YOUR WORDS!

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