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Word Hacks for a Better Day (And Better Life)

Words have power. They actually have so much more power than we think, and we can use that power either for our benefit or for our own detriment. We often don’t even realize the words we’re using are actually holding us back and hurting us.

So let me explain why the words we use are so important, and how we can use word hacks to implement positive change into our lives.

Words Drive Action

Let’s say you’re sitting around, and you keep using the words “I wish.” “I wish I had a better body. I wish I made more money. I wish I had a better partner.”

Regardless of what our wishes are, what we’re really saying when we say “I wish” is that “I haven’t got a chance of this happening.” You don’t say, “I wish I could get up in the morning and brush my teeth” or “I wish I could take a shower every day, right?” We don’t say those things because we’re doing them naturally. So instead of saying, “I wish I had a better body or I wish I was healthier or I wish my business ran better,” we can change our words, and replace “I wish” with “I will.” 

By changing the word wish to will, we can change the tone of our energy, encourage the right action, invite productive thinking, and have a tremendous impact on our day and our lives. We can incorporate positive affirmations like,

 “I will move my body and get some kind of exercise.” 

“I will hire a coach to help me with my business.”

“I will invest in myself and learn something new today.”

Words Can Change Our Reality 

When we change our words, we start to change our reality. Your mind takes everything you say and creates a blueprint from it. It’s the brain’s job to take that blueprint that you created, and then make it reality. And by making it real, it’s almost like our brains want to prove ourselves right.

So if we say something like, “I just can’t remember anything” or “as I am getting older, my memory is going to crap.” Our minds are going to take us right there!

If we change those words instead and say things like, “My memory is awesome. I swear as I’m getting older, my memory is getting better. I read things, and they really stick,” or “I remember everything.”

We need to say the words that we want to be true for us. So when you get up each day, and you find yourself saying things like, “I don’t have time” or “I’m going to get something wrong,”. All of those things tend to come true as we go through the day. In a way, we speak our reality into existence with the words we say and think. So, choose your words carefully.

Words Can Dictate an Outcome

We are all aware that we’re going through the Coronavirus, and if you look into the world, you’re going to see a whole lot of fear and panic going on. But if you’re going to attach your thinking to all of those emotions, they will come true in your life. Here’s where we should begin using our words to just say the opposite.

For example, think of how good it feels when you say words like,

“I choose to remain calm, despite whatever craziness might be going on in the world.”

You will immediately start to feel different when you say words that are encouraging, positive and empowering. This is why using simple word hacks is crucial to bring more happiness and productivity into your daily life.

It’s almost like playing a word game with yourself each day. Ultimately, you get to decide whether you’re going to ruin or save your day with your words. Since our minds believe what we tell them, we choose how we want to speak to ourselves every single day.

Words Have A Direct Impact On Our Body

We get to choose how we want to speak to ourselves. But we don’t get to choose what happens inside our bodies when we choose negative thinking.

For example, when you decide to be in that negative place and exercise terrible thinking and use harmful words, there’s a lot of damage being done inside your body with all of those increased stress hormones.

Science has proven that our bodies are just not as capable when we are under stress. Our cells don’t reproduce as well and they don’t make the proteins we need when we are bombarded with stress hormones. So we get to choose if we’re going to be positive or negative. 

The ‘Replacing’ Word Hack

One of the best word hacks is replacing. For example, “what do I have to do today?” or “what should I do today?” Replace the word have or should with the word get.

“What do I get to do today? Do I get to be a mother to my children today? Do I get to be a business owner? Do I get to be a leader today? Do I get to take care of my body? Do I get to be alive? Do I get to go outside and breathe in fresh air and sunshine?”

So instead of the sense of drudgery with “What do I have to do today,” you can switch one word and establish a profound difference in a positive, happy, productive way.

We can replace “If I have to go to work today,” with “what’s my contribution today?” “Who do I get to serve today?” “Who do I get to help today?” Or even “whose dreams do I get to help come true today?”  These word hacks inspire and motivate you forward!

The ‘Short-Term Lying’ Word Hack

I want to give you complete and total permission to lie to yourself! Yes, you read it correctly—lie to yourself. Because when you initially start doing it, it might kind of feel like a lie. “How much happiness can I produce in my life today, right now? A lot!” Even if that feels like a lie, that’s okay. Just keep telling it to your brain, and your brain will make it your truth.

For example, if you hate the first few moments of running on the treadmill and can’t bear to keep on running. Consider telling yourself things like, “I love running. This feels so good. I love the feeling I get from running…” Sure enough, within a very short period, you’ll start feeling more motivated to keep running until you accomplish your goals.


I Invite you to take a look at the words that you’re using and thinking and flip them to your advantage. Write whatever you need to tell yourself to reprogram your brain and your thinking by using the power of words.

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