How Words Can Manifest Exactly What You Are Seeking

A simple leadership philosophy says, “words have power.”

Is there an area of struggle or lack that you’re experiencing right now? Or a circumstance in your life that you would like to change?

If so, I invite you to consider a possibility:

What if that circumstance is there as a result of the words you’ve been choosing to use, both when speaking about yourself and this thing called life?

The words we choose to use have a powerful effect on the results we generate in our lives

For decades, I’ve been studying the art and science of success and transformation through a multitude of leadership philosophies.

Through these experiences, I’ve become deeply familiar with the effect that our words have on our results, our success and in our overall fulfillment of life.

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The words we use on a regular, repeated basis – whether positive or negative, expansive or contractive – are the framework through which the energy of life that moves through us is pouring.

The words we use continually to describe the events in our life, the experiences we’re having, our conditions, and our circumstances eventually become accepted by our subconscious mind as the truth.

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Our words can actually override the objective truth in our lives.

If I consistently say, “I’m not good enough. I’m not good enough,” it doesn’t matter that my potential is actually unending. I could never live my full potential in a hundred lifetimes, and neither could you – our potential is just that infinite.

But if I keep saying to myself, “I’m not good enough,” my subconscious mind will believe and act as if that’s true. Then I’ll attract more experiences and more data that tell me I’m not good enough.

It makes no difference what the “truth” is. What makes a difference is what our subconscious mind believes.

The fact is, the words that you and I choose have the power to shape our reality.

This knowledge has been known since ancient times. In the beginning is the word, or the vibration. All things issue from the word or the vibration.

Take the word “abracadabra,” for example: that magical incantation that we’ve seen magicians use while waving their magic wands in TV shows and films, including one of the most beloved of all, Cinderella. The word “abracadabra” changed her whole life!

This word is actually derived from an ancient Hebrew or Aramaic phrase that means, “I create what I speak.”

You can look upon circumstances and situations, and say, “Abracadabra, I am now changing my life. I am now the person who …”

This is just one example of how the power of the spoken word has been known for a very, very, long time!

If you want to create a life that you actually love living, it’s important to be mindful of the words you’re choosing.

The words that you choose either help to raise you to a higher vibration, creating greater, freer, fuller results and bringing you more abundance, or they generate more struggle and lack.

Sometimes we use struggling, low vibration words without even realizing it, and our subconscious mind never stops us – it simply accepts what we give it, like a painter’s canvas.

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When you go to paint on a canvas, the canvas doesn’t say, “Don’t paint that dark picture. You don’t want dark pictures anymore. Paint something light.” It just reflects whatever you paint on it.

The energy of your life is a mirror. It will reflect back to you how you’re broadcasting the framework of what you really believe about yourself and about life. It’s important to focus on words that are empowering to you, so that you have a life that’s more empowering to you.

This is why I don’t use the word “excited.”

Most of us think of the word “excitement” as a really positive feeling, and believe that it’s great to feel excited.

But as Genevieve Behrend pointed out in her wonderful landmark book, Your Invisible Power (full of many powerful leadership philosophies), the expression of the word “excitement” is actually an expression of a feeling of lack of belief.

She goes on to say that when you’re excited about an outcome or a possibility, that’s evidence that it doesn’t belong to you. If it really belonged to you, you wouldn’t be excited about it, because it would be normal to you.

Every time we get excited about success, we’re saying that success isn’t normal for us – it’s beyond our normal.

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By saying we’re excited about our success, we’re teaching ourselves that success is abnormal for us – a rare thing that we should get excited about, rather than a normal thing that we expect to happen consistently.

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Here are some other phrases to watch out for:

You’ve probably heard others say things like: “When’s the other shoe going to drop?” and “This is too good to last!” Or maybe you’ve said these statements yourself!

People use those phrases because they’re used to a situation where every time they start having a positive expanding experience, they end up contracting back into their status quo.

We say “I knew it was too good to last,” because we don’t realize that the major, dominant words that we use create a pattern, or a vibration.

We can break through this pattern for a moment, but if that pattern itself is not broken, we’re going to collapse back down, and watch ourselves sabotage the positive changes that we wanted.

But if we change our words, we will start to see that we’re creating long-term, stable, and easy changes and results in our lives.

Here’s a simple but important truth about “excitement” and success

When you go home and enter the front door, and the house is dark, what do you do?

You go over and flip the closest switch for light. And chances are, you are not excited when that light comes on.

Why are you not excited? Why do you not say something like, “My gosh! It was dark, and now it’s light!”

It’s because you fully expected the light to come on. You understand that there’s a law that governs the flow of electricity, the flow of those molecules, and it generates light where you direct it.

It’s the same thing with this invisible energy. When you begin to understand the laws of your own nature, and the invisible laws that govern all our results, you being to understand that excitement is actually frantic energy that doesn’t work in your favor.

You want your energy to be coherent, in alignment with your desired good.

Calm confidence is a much stronger wavelength, around which the molecular structure of this thing called your results can organize itself in a coherent pattern that reflects the desire you’re hoping to turn into reality.

Look at it this way: if you plant corn, you’re not excited when corn grows. You knew that corn was going to grow, because you planted the seed of corn.

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There is a power in us that knows how to do all things.

You couldn’t have this dream unless there was a way to bring it about. Today is your day. Even if you’re feeling adrift, you can manifest this dream.

To paraphrase David Henry Thoreau,

“If you advance confidently in the direction of your dream, and endeavor to live the life you’ve imagined, all kinds of things happen that you can’t make happen. Because you’re using words and putting yourself in harmony with that dream, you pass an invisible boundary. You begin to live with the license of higher order beings.”

Think about that for a moment.

If you have a true expectation that you are destined for and 100% deserving of good things, that would not show up to you as a feeling of excitement over something special and unusual. Instead, you’d experience a calm knowing that you really deserve good things, and that good things belong to you.

Rather than being excited, you would actually feel grateful, and that is the feeling that you’d want to express with the type of words you use to describe the opportunity or experience that you’re drawing to yourself.

This is why you’re not going to hear me use the word “excited.” If I do use it by accident, I replace it immediately.

I’d rather say something like, “I feel really inspired about this, and I am thrilled that…”

Remember, the words you choose to describe your reality will eventually shape your reality. Do your best to use high-vibration words as often as you can!

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Comments (23)

  • I have long learned that the words we use can make a difference. I read somewhere that the word “busy” at one time meant angry. I use that word a lot…. but not because I am angry. LOL I liked your suggestion of saying “I appreciate” instead of “I want.” It would be nice to know more replacement words or phrases to use in a positive way.

  • Sheronica Brown

    Thank you so much, I really needed to hear this, I will definitely pay attention to the words that I use, this was very inspiring.

  • Never ever would I have thought that excited was a low vibrational word. When I stop & think about how I act when Im excited & how I’m perceived, it’s not a good thing.
    Thank you so much for this wonderful adjustment.

  • Harriet

    Thanks for this insight. I’m glad that I rarely use the word “excited.” I focus on slowing down and mindfully saying what I mean to say and being succinct. I have learned that words are indeed creative.

  • Toni Camino

    Couldn’t “excited” be evolved, increasing through various levels of experience?
    Yes always awe, yet also amazed at the miracles we expect.

  • This was a perfect reminder of tapping into the energy that always been with us since we were born. . The knowing is the calmness that we tap into to make our dreams and desires a reality .

  • Great talk. I am changing my words today. I am going to say inspired and thrilled. Most of the time I say I am so grateful for what I have or get.

  • This is very interesting and I see how important words are but I never would have put it together with the word exciting. This has been a very common word in my vocabulary and I’m going to do my best to switch it out.
    Thank you!

  • I appreciate all of the amazing opportunities that I have to help people transform their lives.

  • Your blog post could not have been more timely Mary. I’m guilty of using the word excited during my efforts to manifest and used it just ten minutes ago! I guess I was guided to read this important message. Thank you for sharing your wisdom! I am indeed grateful 😉

  • I Love this video Mary!!!!

  • Lina Arrogante

    Thanks Mary It was a very inspirational message you gave Am going to start changes in my utteringbof my words Eventually practice will make it perfect and better for me

  • “It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”

    Thank you for the video – I was inspired.
    (This was clearly written for us 2000 years ago in the Book of Matthew)

  • Mary Alice Clark

    I think of every word I use and keep away from any word that is a negative. I loved your presentation on this as we are all deserving of the best for us because we’ve asked for it and when we are ready, it will come

  • Reva Snedecor

    Hi Mary,
    You are an exceptional person that has incredible knowledge and wisdom. You have a way in putting words together that is so great and wonderful. Saying things in a different way that shred a new light on our thinking and our lives that improves our thinking in a better way.

    Thank you for being who your are – so giving and loving. I’m glad you are in my life.

    • Indeed,madam Mary is researcher. She tells us how to shape our lives. She tells us how words we use direct our actions. She is marvellous. We respect her as a teacher.

  • Donna Beezer

    Aah! Great reminder, Mary…Thank you !

  • Hello Mary
    I came across your TED talk, and from there have found my way here. I find it all really compelling and convincing, but am stuck on how specific one is ‘allowed’ to be. My dream is to get back with the man I was with – he is all I can imagine if I imagine a relationsip, which is what I want above all – but is that in fact just being stuck, rather than dreaming? Although given Thoreau’s comment above I think perhaps not- perhaps I should act as if it will happen, and then it will!

    • Hi Katherine,
      You are just dreaming when you say, “My dream is to get back with the man I was with – he is all I can imagine if I imagine a relationsip, which is what I want above all -“. You are stuck on him and Being stuck on him is indeed being stuck. Free yourself from him, and know what you really want. Ask your heart what really makes you feel happy.

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