“Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.”― (presumably Gautama Buddha)
Words are vessel of change because they influence both the internal and external worlds. Words are always not even necessary. “Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” said Mark Twain. Right speech of noble eightfold path is the best guiding principle I can recommend.
Here are few practical examples:
- At Trainers’ House we apply this process by encouraging the use of uplifting and professional language, rather than the spoken style language or professional slang/jargon.
- In my personal life I would rather use nonviolent language than violent one.
- SSM health has kind of non-harmful or non-competitive language culture as well, as described in Pre-Suasion by Robert Ciadini (2016)
“Metaphor is a matador to change. If you want to change the world, change the metaphor” Joseph Campbell said. I would go in as far to say if you wanna change the world, change the word. Changing the word can mean two things:
- Changing the meaning i.e. defining the word again.
- Coming up with a new word and setting up the definition again.
Align your words with your values.