The Impact of Words - Get Ready to Frame Your World
"Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers."
After reading this quote, I have no choice - I must dig deep into the power that words can have on your life. Over the next several days, I'll discuss how you can literally create your circumstances by the words that you use. (We will drill down into the power of confessions, questions, and metaphors.) I'll share a quick example of how words can change a circumstance with you from last night.
I was riding with a colleague of mine from Austin to San Antonio when we passed a cop. He immediately said, "I think he got me". I waited for a moment and casually glanced out the side mirror. He added, "yep, here he comes".
At this point, I knew that I had to turn the conversation. I said, "he's probably going after someone else". Of course, the policeman followed closely behind for a few miles then turned on his lights.
My colleague then said, "I'm going to get a ticket. I know I'm going to get a ticket. I always do."
I replied, "no, you're not going to get a ticket, you're just going to get a warning."
He then said, "it's been a long time since I've gotten a ticket."
The officer came to the window, asked for license and registration (we were in a rental), then, returned to his car.
My colleague said, "yep, I'm getting a ticket".
"No, you're just going to get a warning".
The officer returned and gave him a verbal warning.
I know that some of you will say that this is just a matter of luck, and I understand that. All I'm asking is that you keep an open mind and listen over the next several days. I believe something changed when I changed the words being spoken. Whether it was our attitude or something else, you don't generally get off with a verbal warning going 15 miles over the speed limit at night in a rental.