“You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say.”
Proverbs 18:20, Good News Translation
Our words are essential to our daily life. It’s how we convey ideas, relay requests and instructions, and participate in essential conversations. Our words enable us to function as social beings.
But aside from the functional benefits of speech that we use day-to-day, what we say has the power to influence the course of our future. The words we say can set direction and guide us into new realities – realities that depending on what we verbally declare could be positive or destructive.
“The act of making an official statement about something,” is the definition of the word “declare.” To declare is to certify that something is final or saying that something is about to happen. When we declare something, we give out what is called a declaration.
Our speech can condition our mind to move towards fulfilling what we say.
Declarations come in many forms. When we say, “I’m going home,” we’re declaring and making official that we’re on our way to where we live. When we say, “I’m about to eat lunch,” we’re declaring and making official that we will grab food. When we say, “I’m hopeful for the future,” we’re declaring and making official our choice to maintain a positive outlook.
A declaration has an intent. In the “I’m about to eat lunch,” example, we convey that we’re hungry and we want to eat.
These declarations are usually followed by an action and it conditions our mind to move towards fulfilling what we say. But although it is a fact that a declaration could turn into a reality, we tend to mindlessly declare some dangerous and unnecessary things in our lives.
“I’m an idiot.”
“I’m a moron.”
“I’m a failure.”
“I can never do it.”
When we say these words, we are essentially declaring and making official that we are those – stupid, a moron, a failure, etc. We condition our mind to move towards fulfilling what we say.
This is a sample excerpt from my first book, Wisdom and Declarations: What the World’s Wisest King Says about the Power of Words. It’ll be available on Amazon.com as a Kindle e-book on August 10, 2016.