Adrian Munro, CEO of Richmond Wellbeing, discusses how our words can make or break positive change.
We’re all familiar with the idiom, “sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will never hurt us”.
Unfortunately, this is a lie that we’ve taught our kids from a young age. Spoken words make a massive difference.
This is particularly so when people are trying to make a positive change in ourselves. It’s very easy to believe the negative words from other people.
What’s worse, these comments then get stuck in our own head.
The Power of the Mind
Our mind is fantastic, constantly thinking about things, but it can tend to play the past over and over, catastrophising to the worst possible outcome.
It’s really valuable then, to have a friend, a mentor, or a family member you trust who will help you make changes in your life.
They can speak truth through objectivity and give us some reality to combat the lies that can take control.
So, for those of us who struggle with these negative words running through your head when trying to make a positive change (which is most of us), seek out trusted advisers who can encourage you to persevere with that change.
What can I do?
The next challenge here is if you are really good at something, like a hobby, or in a community group and new people join that community because they want to make a change, be encouraging to them because it can make a massive difference.
Make your community group an easy and comfortable place to be.
Adrian Munro, is a regular guest on radio station 98five’s Brekky program, discussing mental health and wellbeing in our community.