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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy · 24 July 2013

Speak what you want because words have power. Incredible power.


God spoke to create the universe. We speak to create our own little universes too.


I tell people all the time (especially, my students) that they need to speak properly. Not often, grammatically. And certainly more than merely refraining from swearing. I tell everybody who will listen that they need to speak what they want their life to be. We all need to speak our universe into existence.


Motivational speakers like to say that we ought to refrain from words that sound like self-fulfilling prophesy. They tell us not to say things like, “I was scared to death” or “I always have bad luck.” They give us the positive side too, telling us to say, “Today is a great day,” or “I always get the sale.” While this is all great advice, we ought to look at everything we say as self-fulfilling prophesy. We need to speak as if what we say matters because it does.


A friend of mine likes to say, “Make it a great day,” instead of “Have a great day.” I have not made the transition, but I understand the sentiment. We need to choose to make the day great and it will be. Saying so helps get us going in the right direction.


In fact, whatever we say can and often does come to pass. We do create our own universe with our words.


We do not need to be writers or public speakers for this to be true. We all speak. And we all hear what we say. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how we are speaking, we are also the first and greatest believers of what we speak. That is really why we need to be careful about the words we say. Especially, the words about ourselves, our health, our attitudes, our circumstances.


When it comes down to it, we all need to watch what we say because we create our own universe with our own words. We need to remember that we create our own self-fulfilling prophecies just by speaking. We need to remember to speak what we want because words have incredible power.

© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi

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