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The Power of Words

The Words We Use

It has become a truism of humanitarian and social impact advocates that the words we use matter. When using terms or phrases that reflect the condescension, discrimination, or hatred of the past—even in jest—an individual can unintentionally undermine a person, practice, or institution. As an editor and communications professional, words are a medium that can be used or abused for good or ill.

Across time, words have shaped revolutions, nations, and wars. When the events of the past have expired into memories or dates on a page in some underused textbook, the words of famous men and women remain.

Gandhi would be the first to advocate that the pen is mightier than the sword.

Staring down the smiling Brazilian shopkeeper, I was suddenly reminded of the opposite challenge: when we have no words, what do we do? I couldn’t remember the last time I had failed to be understood, much less left speechless. Suddenly, I realized how much I had taken for granted my ability to communicate, regardless of context.

Within this publication, a number of authors have touted the benefits of global mindset, of getting outside your comfort zone through an intimate interaction with another culture, whether through the immersion of global pro bono, or through citizen diplomacy and cultural exchange. Confronting a circumstance in which words have little effect has a number of unexpected (and largely positive) consequences. When talking doesn’t work, listening intently is often the next-best option. It is these lessons in listening that enable us to better understand one another in the future, making us better leaders, collaborators, and friends. The more we listen, the more we understand.

The Numbers of Nonverbal Communication

My conversation with the shopkeeper, though imperfect, was ultimately successful. Between our limited understandings of one another’s language, much hand-gesturing, significant patience, and our hand-drawn map we were able to arrive exactly where the shopkeeper intended us to go. Unfortunately, it turned out that the shopkeeper’s intuition about the location of the Chalet, based on the photograph of the gate, was incorrect. Our map, while an accurate reflection of the shopkeeper’s direction, did not bring us to our anticipated destination. While the interaction didn’t immediately result in us finding our way, we were still successful in communicating and understanding each other under problematic conditions.

In such circumstances, non-verbal communication becomes vital in a way it never was before. In truth, when interacting directly with another, words make up only a tiny piece of mutual understanding. Experts approximate that 55 percent of communication is body language, 38 percent of communication is dictated by vocal tone, and only seven percent is actually the words we use.

Turning around and driving back to town, we stopped to ask another friendly passerby. “Rua Dom Pedro?” I queried, now confident at least of the road we were looking for. Straight past the quadrado, right, left, and right were the next set of directions. Now going in the opposite direction, I ignored the fact that the directions were exactly the same as those we had previously received from the shopkeeper. Executing the directions left us at the bottom of a hill, at a T-junction, contemplating whether we had reached the last right, or if we had somehow taken a wrong turn. A man stood next to a gate nearby. We rolled down the window: “Rua Dom Pedro?” The man shook his head. “Rua Dom Pedro?” he muttered something undiscernible under his breath.

For my husband, this was the final straw. Frustrated that I had allowed us to get so far with nothing but a hand-drawn map, he turned the car around and headed back to the shop.

I once again found myself standing in front of the persistently friendly shopkeeper when I had an almost comical realization. Was there a phone number? The shop owner generously offered for me to use his computer to check my email. There, in my inbox, was one unread message from my host, Sandra. “Alicia, please call to let me know when you will arrive!” her phone number listed below the message.

A phone call returned a male British voice. Confused, I spoke cautiously: “Hello… is Sandra there?”

“This is John Carlo, her husband. You must be Alicia.” Never had my mother tongue brought such relief.

Words Are Resources, Too

Words—in any language—are a complex tool, which in the hands of humankind have allowed our species to innovate and advance in powerful ways. In gentlemen’s agreements and contracts alike, words are the foundation of collaboration, partnership, and mutual understanding. Words are an important resource for solving problems, enabling or disabling the efforts of future leaders seeking to develop adaptive solutions to persistent problems in resource-constrained environments. The absence of a common language, while its own resource constraint, forces creativity, resilience, and persistence to find a way.

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http://newglobalcitizen.com/story/power-words-use

The Power Of Communication

Whoever said that the pen is mightier than the sword definitely knew what they were talking about. To humans, words are more than a means of communication, they can shape our beliefs, behaviors, feelings and ultimately our actions. Although swords can coerce us, and threaten, nothing is more powerful than a tool which can shape our opinions.

When it comes to language and communication, the rule is that it’s not what you say, but what people hear.  Words are one of the most powerful tools that we as humans possess; they can ignite revolutions or defuse tension. The problem is that words are underestimated as being central to thought and behavior processing as well as decision making.

Dr. Frank Luntz, author of Words That Work: It’s not what you say, It’s what people hear describes the decision making process and communication based on feeling rather than information. “80 percent of our life is emotion, and only 20 percent is intellect, says Luntz in a PBS interview. “I am much more interested in how you feel than how you think. I can change how you think, but how you feel is something deeper and stronger, and it’s something that’s inside you. How you think is on the outside, how you feel is on the inside, so that’s what I need to understand.”

Working as a pollster and a linguistics consultant, Luntz advises the Republican Party on their usage of words, their communications to the press and the world, and in a sense, changes the way that they direct their language to achieve the results that they desire from the public as a whole.

Because we hear so many words and messages in our daily lives, we have developed a system to deal with certain types of messages. People can engage in two types of message processing, either central processing, which is an active and critical thinking process, or peripheral processing, which takes cues from other parts of the message, and evaluates based on other things besides the actual meaning of the message. Central processing is triggered by certain queues, such as involvement and immediacy. In short, if something is going to affect someone and soon, they are going to listen carefully to the message. If they are interested, or compelled to listen, they are much less likely to evaluate what you are saying on a central level.

When it comes to messages of the mass media, most Americans process the information peripherally. This also includes political messages and information. When it comes to politics, the complexity of issues are reduced to peripheral cues like source credibility, attractiveness and emotional words like responsibility and family values.

When it comes to mass media messages, Americans process most information peripherally. Issues such as complexity and disinterest in the message can lead to decision making based on surrounding cues instead of triggering central processing and an active decision.

Politics is full of messages that are designed to trigger peripheral processing cues and behavior based on emotion rather than information.  One word can be completely neutral in emotion while another word meaning the exact same thing can either spark love or rage in those that hear it. The emotion is the trigger, finding the words that cause the emotion is the job of linguistics experts like Luntz. His advise and consultation are partially responsible for the name change of the “Estate tax” to the “Death tax” and its subsequent elimination. “For years, political people and lawyers used the phrase “estate tax.” And for years they couldn’t eliminate it. The public wouldn’t support it because the word “estate” sounds wealthy, explains Luntz. “Someone like me comes around and realizes that it’s not an estate tax, it’s a death tax, because you’re taxed at death. And suddenly something that isn’t viable achieves the support of 75 percent of the American people. It’s the same tax, but nobody really knows what an estate is. But they certainly know what it means to be taxed when you die.”

Republicans have also crafted their language to neutralize the fear of hazards due to global warming. Instead of referring to global warmer, the concept is dubbed “climate change” which lessens fears associated with global warming. Because of this change of behaviors and beliefs simply by the change of words, Luntz has been accused of manipulating language and therefore the audience absorbing the message.

The manipulation is not only isolated to the political or corporate world. Science and science research have also attracted suspicious glances from the public. This is why issues such as stem cells research and other breakthrough technologies are reacted to as vehemently as they are. The public, without proper tools to understand, and bombarded with complicated names and jargon of the science and health fields, are left to jumping on hot button issues like stem cell research. For example, I recently wrote an article about new technologies to reprogram adult tissue cells to pluripotent iPS cells. A reader commented on my article, suggesting that scientists use language to manipulate the public and hide behind words to avoid the hassle from the public. According to the reader, ” Scientist have to be more careful about the names they give to their new (life-linked) researches and all of its parts in order to avoid “Xtrem moralists”, superstitious and “Science/Tech/Research enemies” witch all the time, are searching and digging for any word slim linkable to any moralist religious or superstitious concepts just to obstruct or forbid it. If Steam Cells technologies had been called something like “XMFT-007″ from its beginnings, Science wouldn’t have gotten all the troubles it has due ignorance. So next time, get abstract names for your new life-linked Research.”

Hiding behind abstract language is not the answer, effective communication is the key. This is another reason why people in power should use language which demonstrates clarity and reduces emotion. The public is also responsible for processing their information and relying on intellect instead of solely relying on peripheral cues. To better understand the way we react to information, research on communication is vital to understanding our reactions, emotions and how they build our behaviors and actions. With this information, we can better prepare effective communication to the public and also guard ourselves from fallacious or leading information designed to target our emotions. Because in the end “Its not what you say, its what they hear.”

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http://www.science20.com/erin039s_spin/power_communication_psychology_words_and_language_revealed

Words Have the Power to Change Our Lives

A word has the power to change your life. Think about that for a moment because it is literally an Earth-moving statement – to change your life. For more than a decade, technology has brought words into our lives more than ever before. No longer are words just what we hear, write or read – they have become what we create and how we interact with the world around us.

We all grew up believing the children’s rhyme, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Yet, at a certain point, you realized that was completely untrue and that words could hurt, just as you learned Pluto was a planet but many years later find out it is just a ball of ice no longer classified as a planet. Words, my friends, change everything! Words have a dramatic effect on what we know, how we interact with people and the decisions we ultimately make. Words can influence us, inspire us or just as easily bring us to tears.

Words change our relationships, our demeanor, our entire system of beliefs, and even our businesses. Being a planet or not being a planet makes a major difference, just as the words “I love you” or “I hate you” have majorly different meanings behind them. Words have a powerful and undeniably overwhelming influence on us – for good and, at times, for bad. Think for a moment how words have changed your life:

Marry me!  It’s a girl! You have cancer. We lost him. You’re hired! You’re fired. We won! We lost. Guilty. Not guilty.

It may not seem intentional, but it has been. At the core, a large “organization of words” shift has taken place right in front of us. As a result, words have forever changed our lives and will continue to change our lives as never before. For the majority of us, not a single day goes by when we fail to interact and create relationships with words. Take Google, for example. Google is a company with a focus on classifying and organizing words. It is a very simple focus, really: to be better than any other entity at organizing words. Now, they may say they organize information, including documents, videos, photos, maps and more. But at the core, they are all words. A document may have many words, but they are always organized in a theme, and a theme can generally be focused to a sentence or title, and a title to a primary subject or word. The same goes for videos, photos, maps and more.

Imagine you are in a doctor’s office and you are told, “you have cancer.”

A single word “cancer” just changed your life and the lives of everyone close to you. Clearly, you listen to what your doctor says, but then you go to a place you know you can get a lot of answers – a search. You may do this when you get home to your computer or tablet or immediately on your mobile phone. But nonetheless, you begin to create and interact with the words by typing a few into the search box: “what is cancer” “cancer treatments” “cancer cures” “cancer survival.” Cancer comes in many forms, so perhaps your search is more specific: “what is triple negative breast cancer” “triple negative breast cancer treatments.” As you type, the words interact with you, providing answers to your questions. As a result, you learn of clinical trials as a treatment option, so you again leverage the interaction with words: “clinical trials for triple negative breast cancer,” and you find a powerful option that gives you another word – hope. Then and there, words and our relationship to them cross over into something that changes our life once again – twice in the same day, perhaps.

The meaning and value of words have become largely dependent on real-time demand, and therefore, the perceived value is determined solely by the epicenter of time and need. In other words, it’s determined when a moment in time crosses paths with a particular individual’s needs and the two interact. In the new economy, words also have an economic value. Therefore, a search for “cancer” is infinitely important and invaluable for the person that was just diagnosed, while the words “free shipping” may be most important and valuable for someone about to buy a “42inch 3D TV,” and both words have monetary value to some third party (i.e. a research institute or Sony) as well as the provider (i.e. Google or Amazon).

Services like Twitter have also focused on words (very few, in fact, given the 140 character limit), defining trends via hashtags (a word following a # – i.e. #cancer). That said, words transcend both search and Twitter. Words have become the key to everyday life. In our vehicles, many of us use words to get assistance, either via a service such as OnStar (I need help, my car won’t start) or via GPS (and don’t turn left when told to turn right, or the next word to leave your mouth may well be S%*T).

On eCommerce websites, such as Amazon.com, FatCork.com, BestBuy.com or even ColonialCandle.com, words change our experience: Free shipping, We recommend, One Click Checkout, Out of stock, Pre Order, etc. The way we interpret the end result of each of those seemingly simple words changes our present and future behaviors in real time. In fact, free shipping is still considered one of the top triggers to purchase.

In the media industry, search – both paid search and organic (SEO) – is a huge segment of the industry developed around and focused on the use of words. Words have implications in both paid search and SEO. One of the biggest factors includes relevancy: how relevant are the words searched – to the text ad copy – to the words on the landing page – to the words on the website? They are all interconnected. Words have interconnected us with technology.

Consider the new iPhone 4S. A new feature is Siri, a tool that uses words to assist the user (and with amazing accuracy). By speaking out loud to the phone, users can send messages, schedule meetings, find nearby restaurants, make phone calls and more. If you haven’t tried it, you should. You will want to buy the new iPhone 4S just for this feature. In fact, Siri might even save your life, given you no longer have to look at the phone to select a number to dial, thus keeping your eyes on the road.

Words also have great impact in the social media context. If a company truly manages social correctly and mines the data for trends via social intelligence analysis, what they would find are great differences in their customer mindset, purchase strategy, message associations and ultimately needs. This learning can translate into applied strategies in Customer Service, TV, Print, Outdoor, Event and Digital Media channels to further connect with customers in a way – and in words – the customer wants and expects from the business, instead of what the business thinks the customer wants.

Finally, words also have powerful meaning in religion. Great debates and even wars occur over the use and meaning of certain words in religious context. Consider the great differences in thought that occur simply with the mention of the words God, Allah and Buddha. The same can be said for politics. You will get strikingly different responses from everyday ordinary folks with just the simple mention of Republican, Democrat or Tea Party.

Words have forever changed our lives. They change our perspective, buying habits, moods and even how we use technology. Perhaps they help you find a friend, a product, a service, a job, a spouse, get a recommendation or even save your life.

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http://www.askingsmarterquestions.com/words-have-the-power-to-change-our-lives/

The Power of Words

Once you have spoken words, they are no longer yours. Other people will translate them, evaluate them, and measure them. Choose your words, make them appropriate for the situation, and be aware of the power of words. Poorly chosen words or speech used for personal, hubris, or evil can impact self-esteem, destroy morale, kill enthusiasm, inflame bias, incite hatred, lower expectations, hold people back, and even make people physically or mentally ill. Inappropriate words can make work and home toxic, abusive environments. There are many empirical studies showing that people who live and/or work in toxic environments suffer more colds, more cases of flu, more heart attacks, more depression, more of almost all chronic disorders, physical and emotional, than people who report living and/or working in happy, enjoyable, caring environments.

The old parental advice, “Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can never hurt you,” was simply bad advice. However, well-chosen words or speech for the benefit of good or hope for others can motivate or inspire others to greater feats and deeds. They can offer hope; create vision; impact thinking beliefs and behavior of others; and alter results of strategy, plans, objectives, and people’s lives.

Peggy Noonan, the national syndicated columnist, knows a thing or two about words and how they impact us. She wrote recently about the advice Clare Boothe Luce once gave the newly inaugurated U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Ms. Luce was truly a remarkable woman. Her career spanned seven decades and nearly as many professional interests—journalism, politics, theatre, diplomacy, and intelligence.

According to Ms. Noonan, the sentence idea comes from a story Clare Boothe Luce told about a conversation she had in 1962 in the White House with her old friend John F. Kennedy. She said she told him that “a great man is one sentence.” His leadership can be so well summed up in a single sentence that you don’t have to hear his name to know who’s being talked about. “He preserved the union and freed the slaves” or “He lifted us out of a great depression and helped to win a World War.” You didn’t have to be told “Lincoln” or “FDR.”

She wondered what Kennedy’s sentence would be. She was telling him to concentrate, to know the great themes and demands of his time, and focus on them. It was good advice. History has imperatives, and sometimes they are clear. Sometimes they are met, and sometimes not. When they’re clear and met, you get quite a sentence (Wall Street Journal 2009).

Let’s look at a more contemporary example: the historic 2012 presidential debates. These debates may have more significance than previous ones because of the words chosen by the candidates, their rhythm, and their physical, nonverbal cues. A big part of communicating successfully depends on how well we negotiate the paradox of how the vast majority of human communication is conducted.

We know that more than 97% of human communication involves nonverbal cues (body language). To have a successful presentation, speech, or presidential debate performance, we must compose a sophisticated but seamless message, uniting our words in the proper rhythm, and use the corresponding nonverbal cues. If the words chosen don’t match the nonverbal cues or vice versa, the audience will be confused and the message will be diminished or, worse, ignored.

In the world of movies, theater, art, and entertainment, words have a dramatic impact. In a recent Wall Street Journal edition, a special report entitled “What’s In a Name?” discussed a number of box office successes that might have had a different result if their original titles had not been changed. For example, the Bogart classic Casablanca had an original title of Everybody Comes to Ricks. The Julia Roberts/Richard Gere blockbuster Pretty Woman had an original title of $3,000. The successful G.I. Jane was supposed to be released as In Defense of Honor. The world might not have ever remembered Diane Keaton and Woody Allen in Anhedonia, which was fortunately changed to Annie Hall (Wall Street Journal 2012).

Words have the power to affect both the physical and emotional health of people to whom we speak, for better or for worse. Words used to influence are inspiring, uplifting, and challenging. They encourage, motivate, and persuade; they can be visionary; they can change people’s lives for the better. Verbal communication is a powerful human instrument, and we must learn to use it properly. We need to not only learn to think about speaking in new ways, but also learn to think about language and human nature, psychology, and sociology.

Throughout history, there have been many examples of memorable quotes to demonstrate how what is said is just as important as how it was said. For example, when Lyndon B. Johnson was stumping for political office, he was debating an opponent and was asked the difference between himself and the opposing candidate. He famously replied, “He matriculated and I never matriculated.”

Some of the most famous speeches made by Abraham Lincoln are memorable not just for the message, but also for the fact that he condensed an enormous amount of information into them. It was not only the power of his words, but also his cadence that made the impact of the speeches more powerful. His second inaugural speech was only 700 words and the Gettysburg Address was just under three minutes.

The power of words can actually harm others. Power verbs express an action that is to be taken or that has been taken. When used correctly, a powerful verb has the power to impact your life whether you are going into battle, running for president, or simply interviewing for a job. Researchers have observed that when students are given standardized tests and told the tests are “intelligence exams,” the average scores are from 10% to 20% lower than when the same exam is given to similar students and told it is “just an exam.”

We know that words create impressions, ideas, images, concepts, and facsimiles. Therefore, the words that we hear and read influence how we think and consequently how we behave. This means there is a correlation between the words we select and use and the results that occur.

Using powerful verbal imagery helps people to imagine vivid images and allows people to figuratively and literally see concepts being mentioned. This was first discovered in the early twentieth century and was initially known as the Perky effect and later called visual simulation. Individuals can project abstract thoughts. Almost everyone does this from time to time, but we refer to it as daydreaming. When a person daydreams, he is completely awake and his eyes are wide open, yet he imagines being somewhere else, doing something else, seeing smoothly, and doing something else.

Visual simulation impacts what people hear and how fast they respond. A cognitive psychologist, Rolf Zwann, has done a lot of research on how people describe objects and shapes to which they are exposed. The experiment includes just showing people visuals, asking for responses, and providing audio prompts before the visual stimulation. The results indicated people respond faster if they are given visual and aural stimulation before being asked to see the shapes. (Bergen 2012, 95). Many studies have confirmed that people construct visual simulations of objects they hear or read about.

People construct shape and orientation simulation. Studies show that when people listened, they more often looked at the set of objects that fit with the meaning of the verb, even before they heard the name of the relevant object. People make predictions about what the rest of the sentence will contain as soon as words that they have already heard start to constrain what could reasonably follow. People start to cobble their understanding of the sentence incrementally (Bergen 2012, 125).

Grammar helps get the visual simulation going by pulling together all the pieces contributed by the words in the correct configuration. People will more easily and clearly understand and comprehend your meaning if you have structured your sentence correctly.

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http://www.ftpress.com/articles/article.aspx?p=2085691&seqNum=3

Understand the Power of Words

Do you remember when you were taught the famous comeback as a kid “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”? We all know how far from the truth that saying is. We are all aware of the enormous power in the meaning of the spoken word and what it means to the person who is on the receiving end. I’m sure you have been the recipient of words of wisdom, words of encouragement, or words of praise. On the other hand we have all experienced condescending words, words that hurt, words that destroyed our spirit, or words that have made us angry.

It is critical that your spoken word is carefully chosen in order to ensure success in all aspects of your life. Words influence your thinking and reinforce concepts within the psyche. The psychological association with the words you speak can affect the outcome of your goals and at what level you achieve. Words that are badly chosen can slaughter your passion, lower your sense of worth, and sabotage your level of enthusiasm. This can retard your progress and produce anemic results. Words that are well chosen can stimulate the psyche, rekindle enthusiasm, generate more insight and vision, increase your expectations, and produce greater outcomes.

The spoken word you choose creates an impression of you and the image you want to portray. If you want to be perceived in a certain way, the words you choose can help you or hurt you. If you want to make and keep friends your spoken word can make it happen. If you want to influence others, choose carefully your words. If you want to drive them away, don’t.

Let us examine the power of words and the words we choose. You know how your words affect others; you can analyze the feedback you get. If you truly want to succeed and be a winner, pay special attention to the words that flow from your mouth. Use it to work for you not against you. Begin today to pay close attention to your spoken word, you will be amazed the power that lies within.

When Words Do Damage

“Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs.” -Pearl Strachan

If not carefully chosen, our spoken word can wound others. These wounds can stay with someone for years to follow and affect them in ways we could never imagine. The power of the spoken word is so great that not only can we destroy someone but our words can cause us to self-destruct as well.

Words can be used to slander, to lie, or to destroy the reputation of someone. When one does such things they seldom stop to think of the negative psychological impressions that are implanted into their psyche. After a while it can become almost impossible for this person to utter words of encouragement to others. As the words become more contaminated one’s persona can have a tendency to change as well. Before long this individual may not be able to recognize his/her pattern of speech and why others seem to be repelled by it.

Words have the power to ruin relationships. If words are not chosen carefully, relationships can be destroyed, jobs can be lost, or customers can leave. Remember in life we are constantly engaged in relationships with people. Many of these relationships can promote our success in life. It is of utmost importance that our words are chosen wisely to build relationships and not destroy them.

Parents we sometimes wound our children by the words we speak to them. Unable to cognitively understand why their parents speak to them in a derogatory way, they grow up feeling insecure or put down. By not choosing your words carefully, by talking down to your children, or yelling at them, it can cause serious long-lasting emotional and psychological damage to their tender minds.

Examine the words you speak. Are they destructive? Are the spoken well? Do they encourage or put others down? Make a special effort to choose your words more carefully – they are a reflection of what’s on the inside.

Encouraging Words

One of the most powerful things your words can do is to change the world in which you live. By your choice of words you can influence others in positive ways and as a result achieve peace and prosperity in your life. The following are ways to realize that:

  • Pay a genuine compliment or a kind word to someone who crosses your path.
  • Say something nice to build someone’s self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Your power of words can encourage and motivate someone by saying “you did a good job.”
  • Say words of comfort to someone sad or grieving.
  • Use your words to admit when you were wrong.
  • Use your words to say “I’m sorry”
  • Don’t forget to say “Thank You”
  • Use your words to show appreciation
  • Use your words to show respect for others.
  • Say thing funny to make someone smile and brighten up their day.
  • Use your words to help that special someone in your life feel secure with your love.
  • Use your words to speak to God from your heart to give thanks for the blessing in your life.
  • Use your words to praise your child for their efforts.
  • Say words to let your children know what a gift they are to you.

Start today to make a conscious effort to monitor your words. Make it a point to bring friendly words into every relationship in your life. Learn to respond in ways that disperse good and positive energy into the world around you. Be aware that the power you have in your words can move people to act in helpful or harmful ways. Use it to empower self and others.

Choosing Your Words

According to a study carried out by a professor at Penn State University, it showed that irrespective of age or culture, there are many more words in our vocabulary that expresses negative rather than positive emotions.

Our spoken word could mean the difference between failure and success. In choosing more carefully your words it’s essential to envision the impact you want to have on the people around you. Think about how your plans for achieving your goals can be affected positively or negatively by the words you choose? Let’s look at some common negative words we use and how we can make better choices.

  • Change “Problems” to “Challenges”. By looking at the situation as a challenge it is perceived as temporary and solvable.
  • Change “I can’t” to “I can” or “I will”.
  • Change “Should Have” to “Could Have”. By doing so it removes guilt and shame and puts no one down.
  • Change “Always” to “Often” and “Never” to “Seldom”. These two words are exaggerated words and do not convey an accurate meaning. They cause others to become defensive and you seldom get the results you need.
  • Change “Mistakes” to “Life’s Lessons”. This removes the guilt and shame and allows us to learn from the past.

Remember, a positively spoken word is a powerful affirmation. It can replace any subconscious cues that have the potential to sabotage your success in life. Become more aware of the negative words you say and try to catch yourself saying them.

The spoken word has the power to play a destructive or constructive role in your life. I hope I have helped to bring more awareness to the power of words that flow from you and the impact it has on your world. Always remember to THINK before you discharge your words.

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http://www.audreymarlene-lifecoach.com/spoken-word.html

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The Green – Power in the words (Video & Lyrics):

White Winter Melodies

Bob Dylan – Girl of the North Country (1962)

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Lyrics:

If you’re traveling in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
For she was once a true love of mine.

Well, if you go when the snowflakes storm
When the rivers freeze and summer ends
Please see for me if she’s wearing a coat so warm
To keep her from the howlin’ winds.

Please see from me if her hair hanging down
If it curls and flows all down her breast
Please see from me if her hair hanging down
That’s the way I remember her best.

Well, if you’re traveling in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Please say hello to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine.

If you’re travelin’ in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine.

Source:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bobdylan/girlfromthenorthcountry.html

Sonny Boy Williamson – Nine Below Zero (1963)

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http://www.eyeneer.com/video/blues/sonny-boy-williamson/nine-below-zero

Lyrics:

Yeah, ain’t that a pity, people ain’t that a cryin’ shame
Ain’t that a pity, I declare it’s a cryin’ shame
She wait till it got nine below zero, and put me down for another man
I give her all my money, all of my lovin’ and everything
All of my money, all of my lovin’ and everything
It done got nine below zero and she done put me down for another man
Nine below zero, the little girl she done put me down
Nine below zero, the little girl she done put me down
She know I don’t have nowhere to stay, and I don’t have not one dime

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http://www.lyricsmania.com/nine_below_zero_lyrics_sonny_boy_williamson.html

Vashti Bunyan – Winter is blue (1965)

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Winter is blue
Living is gone
Some are just sleeping
In spring they’ll go on

Our love is dead
Nothing but crying
Love will not find even
One more new morning

Why must I stay here
Rain comes I’m sitting here
Watching love moving
Away into yesterday

Winter is blue
Everything’s leaving
Fires are now burning
And life has no reason

I am alone
Waiting for nothing
If my heart freezes
I won’t feel the breaking

Why must I stay here
Rain comes I’m sitting here
Watching love moving
Away into yesterday

Source:

http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858572465/

Mamas & Papas – California Dreamin’ (1965)

Video:

Lyrics:

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.
I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day.
I’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A.;
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

Stopped in to a church I passed along the way.
Well I got down on my knees and I pretend to pray.
You know the preacher liked the cold;
He knows I’m gonna stay.
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray.
I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day.
If I didn’t tell her I could leave today;
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.
California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.

Source:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/mamasandthepapas/californiadreamin.html

Simon & Garfunkel – Hazy Shade of Winter (1966)

Video:

Lyrics:

Time, time, time, see what’s become of me.
While I looked around for my possibilities,
I was so hard to please.
But look around, the leaves are brown,
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter.
Hear the salvation army band
Down by the riverside, it’s bound to be a better ride
Than what you’ve got planned,
Carry your cup in your hand.
And look around you, the leaves are brown now,
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter.
Hang on to your hopes, my friend.
That’s an easy thing to say but if your hopes should pass away,
It’s simply pretend, that you can build them again.
Look around, the grass is high, the fields are ripe,
It’s the springtime of my life.
Oh, seasons change with scenery,
Weaving time in a tapestry,
Won’t you stop and remember me?
At any convenient time.
Funny how my memory skips while looking over manuscripts
Of unpublished rhyme,
Drinking my vodka and rhyme.
I look around, the leaves are brown,
There’s a patch of snow on the ground,
Look around…

Source:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/simongarfunkel/ahazyshadeofwinter.html

The Bangles – Hazy Shade of Winter (1987/2011 Cover)

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Tom Rush – Urge for Going (1968)

Video:

Lyrics:

And I awoke today and found the frost perched on the town
It hovered in a frozen sky and gobbled summer down
When the sun turns traitor cold
And shivering trees are standing in a naked row
I get the urge for going but I never seem to go
And I get the urge for going when the meadow grass is turning brown
Summertime is falling down winter’s closing in
I had a girl in summertime with summer colored skin
And not another man in town my darling’s heart could win
But when the leaves fell trembling down
And bully winds did rub their face down in the snow
She got the urge for going I had to let her go
She got the urge for going when the meadow grass was turning brown
And summertime was falling down and winters closing in
Now the warriors of winter they give a cold triumphant shout
All that stays is dying all that lives is getting out
See the geese in chevron flight
Flapping and a-racin on before the snow
Got the urge for going they’ve got the wings to go
And they get the urge for going when the meadow grass is turning brown
Summertime is falling down and winter’s closing in
I’ll ply the fire with kindling, I’ll pull the blankets to my chin
I’ll lock the vagrant winter out I’ll bolt my wandering in
I’d like to call back summertime
And have her stay for just another month or so
But she’s got the urge for going I guess she’ll have to go
And she’s gets the urge for going when the meadow grass is turning
brown
All her empire’s are falling down winter’s closing in
And I get the urge for going when the meadow grass is turning brown
And summertime is falling down

Source:

http://www.allthelyrics.com/es/lyrics/tom_rush/urge_for_going-lyrics-1168692.html

The Doors – Wintertime Love (1968)

Video:

Lyrics:

Wintertime winds blow cold the season
Fallen in love, I’m hopin’ to be
Wind is so cold, is that the reason?
Keeping you warm, your hands touching me

Come with me dance, my dear
Winter’s so cold this year
You are so warm
My wintertime love to be

Winter time winds blue and freezin’
Comin’ from northern storms in the sea
Love has been lost, is that the reason?
Trying desperately to be free

Come with me dance, my dear
Winter’s so cold this year
And you are so warm
My wintertime love to be

La, la, la, la

Come with me dance, my dear
Winter’s so cold this year
You are so warm
My wintertime love to be

Source:

http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Wintertime-Love-lyrics-The-Doors/736AA96CDF69B104482568970034F732

Harry Nilson – Snow (1970)

Video:

Lyrics:

Snow
Fills the fields we used to know 
and the little park where we would go
Sleeps far below
In the snow
Gone
It’s all over, and you’re gone
But the memory lives on, although
Our dreams lie buried
In the snow
Sometimes the wind blows through the trees
And I think I hear you callin’ me
But all I see is snow
Everywhere I go
As the cold winter sun sinks low
I walk alone
Through the snow

Source:

https://www.musixmatch.com/es/letras/Harry-Nilsson/Snow-Alternate-Version#

Ann Murray – Snowbird (1970)

Video:

Lyrics:

Beneath this snowy mantle cold and clean
The unborn grass lies waiting
For its coat to turn to green
The snowbird sings the song he always sings
And speaks to me of flowers
That will bloom again in spring

When I was young
My heart was young then, too
Anything that it would tell me
That’s the thing that I would do
But now I feel such emptiness within
For the thing that I want most in life’s
The thing that I can’t win

Spread your tiny wings and fly away
And take the snow back with you
Where it came from on that day
The one I love forever is untrue
And if I could you know that I would
Fly away with you

The breeze along the river seems to say
That he’ll only break my heart again
Should I decide to stay
So, little snowbird
Take me with you when you go
To that land of gentle breezes
Where the peaceful waters flow

Spread your tiny wings and fly away
And take the snow back with you
Where it came from on that day
The one I love forever is untrue
And if I could you know that I would
Fly away with you

Yeah, if I could I know that I would
Fl-y-y-y-y away with you

Source:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/annemurray/snowbird.html

Yoko Ono – Listen, The Snow is Falling (1971)

Video:

Lyrics:

Listen, the snow is falling o’er town,
Listen the snow is falling ev’rywhere.
Between empire state building
And between trafalgar square.
Listen, the snow is falling o’er town.

Listen, the snow is falling o’er town,
Listen the snow is falling ev’rywhere.
Between your bed and mine,
Between your head and my mind.
Listen, the snow is falling o’er town.

Between tokyo and paris,
Between london and dallas,
Between your love and mine.
Listen, the snow is falling ev’rywhere.

Snowfling, snowfall, snowfall,
Listen, listen,
Listen, baby,
Listen.

Source:

http://www.lyricsmania.com/listen_snow_is_falling_lyrics_yoko_ono.html

Galaxie 500 – Listen, Snow is Falling (1990 Cover)

Video:

The Rolling Stones – Winter (1973)

Video & Lyrics:

Frank Zappa – Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow (1974)

Video:

Lyrics:

Dreamed I was an Eskimo
Frozen wind began to blow
Under my boots and around my toes
The frost that bit the ground below
It was a hundred degrees below zero

And my mama cried
And my mama cried
Nanook, a-no-no
Nanook, a-no-no
Don’t be a naughty Eskimo
Save your money, don’t go to the show

Well I turned around and I said oh, oh oh
Well I turned around and I said oh, oh oh
Well I turned around and I said ho, ho
And the northern lights commenced to glow
And she said, with a tear in her eye
Watch out where the huskies go, and don’t you eat that yellow snow
Watch out where the huskies go, and don’t you eat that yellow snow

Source:

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/f/frank+zappa/dont+eat+the+yellow+snow_20056563.html

Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social (2011 Cover)

Video:

Rich Robinson – WInter (2012 Cover)

Video:

Steve Miller Band – Winter Time (1977)

Video:

Lyrics:

In the winter time
When all the leaves are brown
And the wind blows so chill
And the birds have all flown for the summer
I’m callin’, hear me callin’, hear me callin’

In the winter time
When all the leaves are brown
And the wind blows so chill
And the birds have all flown for the summer
I’m callin’, hear me callin’, hear me callin’
I’m callin’, hear me callin’, hear me callin’
In the winter time

In the winter time
When all the leaves are brown
And the wind blows so chill
And the birds have all flown for the summer
I’m callin’, hear me callin, hear me callin’

Source:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/stevemillerband/wintertime.html

Angel – The WInter Song (1978)

Video:

Lyrics:

Winter is here
And it’s cold this time of year
There’s snow everywhere in sight
Falling on this winter night

By candlelight
We share this chilly night
There’s frost on the window pane
Winter nights are here again

There’s a feeling in the air
Feel the spirit everywhere
Winter winds on Heaven and earth

By the fireplace
There’s a smile on every face
The ice begins to cling
Listen to the children sing

Looking outside
The city lights all come alive
People running all around
They fill the streets with a happy sound

There’s a feeling in the air
Feel the spirit everywhere
Winter winds on Heaven and earth

Hear the angels join the choir
Let them take the music higher
Through winter days on Heaven and earth

There’s a feeling in the air
Feel the spirit everywhere
Winter winds on Heaven and earth

Hear the angels join the choir
Let them take the music higher
Through winter days on Heaven and earth

Source:

http://www.metrolyrics.com/the-winter-song-lyrics-angel.html

Genesis – Snowbound (1978)

Video:

Lyrics:

Lay your body down upon the midnight snow,
Feel the cold of winter in your hair
Here in a world of your own,
In a casing that’s grown
To a children’s delight
That arrived overnight.

And here they come to play their magic games
Carving names upon your frozen hand.
Here in a world of your own,
Like a sleeper whose eyes
Sees the pain with surprise
As it smothers your cries
They’ll never never know.

Hey there’s a Snowman
Hey, Hey what a Snowman
Pray for the Snowman
Ooh, Ooh what a Snowman
They say a snow year’s a good year
Filled with the love of all who lie so deep.

Smiling faces tear your body to the ground
Covered red that only we can see.
Here in a ball that they made
From the snow on the ground,
See it rolling away
Wild eyes to the sky
They’ll never, never know.

Hey there’s a Snowman
Hey what a Snowman
Pray for the Snowman
Ooh, Ooh what a Snowman
They say a snow year’s a good year
Filled with the love of all who lie so deep.

Hey there goes the Snowman
Hey,hey there what a Snowman
Hey there lies the Snowman
Hey he was a Snowman
They say a snow year’s a good year
Filled with the love of all who lie so deep.

Hey,there goes the snowman
Hey,hey there what a snowman…

Source:

http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Snowbound-lyrics-Genesis/CFC4CDF06AC993F34825696000167560

XTC – Snowman (1982)

Video:

Lyrics:

It isn’t even winter but I’m freezing, freezing
This sort of feeling isn’t pleasing
And what I want to know, man
Why? Oh why, does she treat me like a snowman?

It isn’t even winter but I’m freezing, freezing
This sort of feeling isn’t pleasing
And what I want to know, man
Why? Oh why, does she treat me like a snowman?

She’s been building me, up quite steadily
Seems like I’ve been here years and years and years and years
I wait patiently, froze in history
All ice water is tears and tears and tears and tears

She treats me far too frosty
This hanging on has cost me dear

It isn’t even winter, I’m shivering, shivering
Waiting for the love that’s not delivering
What I want to know, man
Why? Oh why, does she treat me like a snowman?

It isn’t even winter and I’m shivering, shivering
Waiting for the love that’s not delivering
What I want to know
Why? Oh why, does she treat me like a snowman?

She’s been building me, up quite steadily
Seems like I’ve been here years and years and years and years
I wait patiently, froze in history
All ice water is tears and tears and tears and tears

She treats me far too frosty
This hanging on has cost me

It seems you would say I was too soft hearted
If you made a dunce cap I’d done it
People will always be tempted to wipe their feet
On anything with ‘Welcome’ written on it

It isn’t even winter and I’m freezing, freezing
And this sort of feeling isn’t pleasing
And what I want to know, man
Why? Oh why, does she treat me like a snowman?

It’s just a little winter and I’m shivering, shivering
Waiting for the love that’s not delivering
What I want to know
Why? Oh why, does she treat me like a snowman?

Why? Oh why, does she treat me?
Why? Oh why, does she treat me, does she treat me
Why? Oh why, does she treat me like a snowman?
Why? Oh why, Yes, like a snowman

Source:

http://www.metrolyrics.com/snowman-lyrics-xtc.html

Aztec Camera – Walk Out to Winter (1983)

Video:

Lyrics:

Walk out to winter, swear I’ll be there
Chill will wake you, high and dry, you’ll wonder why

Met in the summer and walked ‘til the fall
And breathless we talked, it was tongues
Despite what they’ll say, wasn’t youth, we hit the truth

Faces of strummer that fell from the wall
But nothing is left where they hung
Sweet and bitter, they’re what we found
So drink them down and

Walk out to winter, swear I’ll be there
Chill will wake you, high and dry, you’ll wonder why
Walk out to winter, swear I’ll be there
Chance is buried just below the blinding snow

You burn in the breadline and ribbons and all
So walk to winter, you won’t be late, you always wait
This generation, the walk to the wall
But I’m not angry, get your gear, get out of here and

Walk out to winter, swear I’ll be there
Chill will wake you, high and dry, you’ll wonder why
Walk out to winter, swear I’ll be there
Chance is buried just below the blinding snow

Walk out to winter, swear I’ll be there
Chill will wake you, high and dry, you’ll wonder why
Walk out to winter, swear I’ll be there
You blind, snow blind, this is why, this is why

Source:

http://www.metrolyrics.com/walk-out-to-winter-lyrics-aztec-camera.html

The Pogues – Farytale of New York (1988)

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Lyrics:

Tori Amos – Winter (1992)

Video:

Lyrics:

Snow can wait I forgot my mittens
Wipe my nose get my new boots on
I get a little warm in my heart when I think of winter
I put my hands in my father’s glove
I run off where the drifts get deeper

Sleeping Beauty it drips me with a frown
I hear a voice you must learn to stand up
For yourself cause I can’t always be around

He says when you gonna make up your mind
When you gonna love you as much as I do
When you gonna make up your mind
‘Cause things are gonna change so fast
All the white horses are still in bed
I tell you that I’ll always want you near
You say that things change my dear

Boys get discovered as winter melts
Flowers come pleading for the sun
Years go by and I’m used to waiting
With a ring with some snowman’s
Mirror mirror where’s the crystal palace
But I can only see myself

Skating around the truth who I am
But I know the Ice is getting thin

When you gonna make up your mind
When you gonna love you as much as I do
When you gonna make up your mind
‘Cause things are gonna change so fast
All the white horses are still in bed
I tell you that I’ll always want you near
You say that things change my dear

Hair is gray and the fire is burring
So many dreams on the shelf
You say I wanted you to be proud of me
I always wanted that myself

When you gonna make up your mind
When you gonna love you as much as I do
When you gonna make up your mind
‘Cause things are gonna change so fast
All the white horses have gone ahead
I tell you that I’ll always want you near
You say that things change my dear

Never change
All the white horses

Source:

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/t/tori+amos/winter_20139495.html

Joshua Radin – Winter (2004)

Video:

Lyrics:

I should know who I am by now
I walk the record stand somehow
Thinkin’ of winter
The name is the splinter inside me
While I wait

And I remember the sound
Of your November downtown
And I remember the truth
A warm December with you

But I don’t have to make this mistake
And I don’t have to stay this way
If only I would wake

The walk has all been cleared by now
Your voice is all I hear somehow
Calling out winter
Your voice is the splinter inside me
While I wait

And I remember the sound
Of your November downtown
And I remember the truth
A warm December with you
But I don’t have to make this mistake
And I don’t have to stay this way
If only I would wake

I could have lost myself
In rough blue waters in your eyes
And I miss you still

Oh I remember the sound
Of your November downtown
And I remember the truth
A warm December with you
But I don’t have to make this mistake
And I don’t have to stay this way
If only I would wake

Source:

http://www.lyricsmania.com/winter_lyrics_joshua_radin.html

Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal (2008)

Video:

Lyrics:

I was following the,
I was following the,
I was following the,
I was following the,
I was following the,
I was following the,
I was following the,
I was following the,
I was following the pack,
All swaddled in their coats
With scarves of red tied ‘round their throats
To keep their little heads
From fallin’ in the snow
And I turned ‘round and there you go.
And Michael you would fall,
And turn the white snow
Red as strawberries in the summertime.

I was following the pack,
All swaddled in their coats
With scarves of red tied ‘round their throats
To keep their little heads
From fallin’ in the snow
And I turned ‘round and there you go.
And Michael you would fall,
And turn the white snow
Red as strawberries in the summertime.

I was following the pack,
All swaddled in their coats
With scarves of red tied ‘round their throats
To keep their little heads
From fallin’ in the snow
And I turned ‘round and there you go.
And Michael you would fall,
And turn the white snow
Red as strawberries in the summertime….

Source:

http://www.metrolyrics.com/white-winter-hymnal-lyrics-fleet-foxes.html

Pentatonix – White Winter Hymnal (2014 Cover)

Vídeo:

D.I.A – White Winter Hymnal (2014 Cover – Korean)

Video:

Sara Bereilles & Ingrid Michaelson – Winter Song (2008)

Video:

Video & Lyrics:

Ronan Keatin – Winter Song (2009 Cover)

Video:

Ray Lamontagne – Winter Birds (2008)

Video:

Lyrics:

It’s the widow now that owns that angry plow
The spartan mule and the crippled cow
The fallow field that will yield no more
As the fox lay sleeping beneath her kitchen floor

The stream can’t contain such the withering rain
And from the pasture the fence it is leaning away
The clouds crack and growl like some great cat on the prowl
Crying out I am, I am over and over again

The days grow short as the nights grow long
The kettle sings its tortured songs
A many petaled kiss I place upon her brow
Oh my lady, lady I am loving you now

The winter birds have gone back again
Here the sprightly chickadee, gone now is the willow wren
In passing greet each other as if old, old friends
And to the voiceless trees it is their own they will lend

The days grow short as the nights grow long
The kettle sings its tortured songs
A many petaled kiss I place upon her brow
Oh my lady, lady I am loving you now

Though all these things will change the memories will remain
As green to gold and gold to brown
The leaves will fall to feed the ground
And in their falling make no sound
Oh my lady, lady, I am loving you now

I’ve gathered all my money, I’m going to town
To buy my lady a long and flowing gown
‘Cause come tomorrow morning we’re off to the county fair
I’ll find a yellow flower and I will lace it in her hair

The days grow short as the nights grow long
The kettle sings its tortured songs
A many petaled kiss I place upon her brow
Oh my lady, lady I am loving you now
Oh my lady, lady I am loving you now

Source:

http://www.metrolyrics.com/winter-birds-lyrics-ray-lamontagne.html

Mumford & Sons Winter Winds (2009)

Video:

Lyrics:

As the winter winds litter London with lonely hearts
Oh the warmth in your eyes swept me into your arms
Was it love or fear of the cold that led us through the night?
For every kiss your beauty trumped my doubt

And my head told my heart
“Let love grow”
But my heart told my head
“This time no
This time no”

We’ll be washed and buried one day my girl
And the time we were given will be left for the world
The flesh that lived and loved will be eaten by plague
So let the memories be good for those who stay

And my head told my heart
“Let love grow”
But my heart told my head
“This time no”
Yes, my heart told my head
“This time no
This time no”

Oh the shame that sent me off from the God that I once loved
Was the same that sent me into your arms
Oh and pestilence is won when you are lost and I am gone
And no hope, no hope will overcome

And if your strife strikes at your sleep
Remember spring swaps snow for leaves
You’ll be happy and wholesome again
When the city clears and sun ascends

And my head told my heart
“Let love grow”
But my heart told my head
“This time no”

And my head told my heart
“Let love grow”
But my heart told my head
“This time no
This time no”

Source:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/mumfordsons/winterwinds.html

Fountains of Wayne – Valley Winter Song (2009)

Video:

Lyrics:

Hey Sweet Annie
Don’t take it so bad
You know the summer’s coming soon
Though the interstate is choking under salt and dirty sand
And it seems the sun is hiding from the moon

Your daddy told you
When you were a girl
The kind of things that come to those who wait
So give it a rest girl
Take a deep breath girl
And meet me at the Bay State tonight

And the snow is coming down
On our New England town
And it’s been falling all day long
What else is new
What could I do
I wrote a valley winter song
To play for you

And late December
Can drag a man down
You feel it deep in your gut
Short days and afternoons spent pottering around
In a dark house with the windows painted shut

Remember New York
Staring outside
As reckless winter made its way
From Staton Island to the Upper West Side
Whiting out our streets along the way

And the snow is coming down
On our New England town
And it’s been falling all day long
What else is new
What can I do
But sing this valley winter song
I wrote for you

Source:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/fountainsofwayne/valleywintersong.html

The Walkmen – While I Shovel the Snow (2010)

Video:

Lyrics:

Well they say, “Can’t please everyone”
But I’m stuck on a winning streak
Well today, there’s clarity
And tonight, I see tomorrow
All at once, the winter’s here
All the lochs are frozen over
As I look in back of me
See a shape beside the walkway

Half of my life, I’ve been watching
Half of my life, I’ve been waking up
Birds in the sky could warn me
There’s no life like the slow life

So for now, I’ll take my time
For now, I can’t be bothered
But I learned a lot of things
And I fudged a lot of numbers

Once again, the winter’s here
All the lochs are frozen over
So I look in back of me
See a shape beside the walkway

Half of my life, I’ve been watching
Half of my life, I’ve been waking up
Birds in the sky could warn me
There’s no life like the slow life

Source:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/walkmen/whileishovelthesnow.html

The Coral – Walking in the Winter (2010)

Video:

Lyrics:

We went walking in the winter
It was the coldest
Time of year

It’s where I handed you a letter
You turned around
I disappeared

It said someday
I’ll find my way
And we’ll go walking
In the winter

It’s so hard to make a living
When the world
Is so unkind

But it’s not something
That you’re given
It’s something that
You got to find

It said someday
I’ll find my way
And we’ll go walking
In the winter

And it’s o.k. to close your eyes
Those silver sailing ships
Go sailing by
It’s all in your mind
It’s gonna be alright
This time

Seasons change
Into summer
Fires burning in the dark

I hope sometimes
You read my letter
And know I had to
Play my part

It said someday
I’ll find my way
And we’ll go walking
In the winter

And we’ll go walking
In the winter

Source:

http://www.songlyrics.com/the-coral/walking-in-the-winter-lyrics/

The Head & The Heart – Winter Song (2011)

Video:

Video & Lyrics:

Kate Bush – Snowflake – 50 Words for Snow (2011)

Video:

Lyrics:

1 drifting
2 twisting
3 whiteout
4 blackbird braille
5 Wenceslasaire
6 avalanche
Come on man, you’ve got 44 to go,
come on man, you’ve got 44 to go.
Come on man, you’ve got 44 to go,
come on man, you’ve got 44 to go.
7 swans-a-melting
8 deamondi-pavlova
9 eiderfalls
10 Santanyeroofdikov
11 stellatundra
12 hunter’s dream
13 faloop’njoompoola
14 zebranivem
15 spangladasha
16 albadune
17 hironocrashka
18 hooded-wept
Come on Joe, you’ve got 32 to go,
come on Joe, you’ve got 32 to go.
Come on now, you’ve got 32 to go,
come on now, you’ve got 32 to go.
Don’t you know it’s not just the Eskimo.
Let me hear your 50 words for snow.
19 phlegm de neige
20 mountainsob
21 anklebreaker
22 erase-o-dust
23 shnamistoflopp’n
24 terrablizza
25 whirlissimo
26 vanilla swarm
27 icyskidski
28 robber’s veil
Come on Joe, just 22 to go,
come on Joe, just 22 to go.
Come on Joe, just you and the Eskimos,
Come on now, just 22 to go.
Come on now, just 22 to go,
Let me hear your 50 words for snow.
29 creaky-creaky
30 psychohail
31 whippoccino
32 shimmerglisten
33 Zhivagodamarbletash
34 sorbetdeluge
35 sleetspoot’n
36 melt-o-blast
37 slipperella
38 boomerangablanca
39 groundberry down
40 meringuerpeaks
41 crème-bouffant
42 peDtaH ‘ej chIS qo’
43 deep’nhidden
44 bad for trains
45 shovelcrusted
46 anechoic
47 blown from polar fur
48 vanishing world
49 mistraldespair
50 snow.

Source:

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/k/kate+bush/50+words+for+snow_20983535.html

Kate Bush – Snowflake (2011)

Video:

Lyrics:

I was born in a cloud…
Now I am falling.
I want you to catch me.
Look up and you’ll see me.
You know you can hear me.
The world is so loud. Keep falling. I’ll find you.
We’re over a forest.
There’s millions of snowflakes.
We’re dancing.
The world is so loud. Keep falling and I’ll find you.
I am ice and dust. I am sky.
I can see horses wading through snowdrifts.
My broken hearts, my fabulous dances.
My fleeting song, fleeting.
The world is so loud. Keep falling. I’ll find you.
My broken hearts, my fabulous dance.
My fleeting song.
My twist and shout.
I am ice and dust and light. I am sky and here.
I can hear people.
I think you are near me now.
The world is so loud. Keep falling. I’ll find you.
We’re over a forest.
It’s midnight at Christmas.
The world is so loud. Keep falling. I’ll find you.
I think I can see you.
There’s your long, white neck.
The world is so loud. Keep falling. I’ll find you.
Now I am falling.
Look up and you’ll see me.
The world is so loud. Keep falling. I’ll find you.
In a moment or two.
I’ll be with you.
The world is so loud. Keep falling. I’ll find you.
Be ready to catch me.
The world is so loud. Keep falling. I’ll find you.

Source:

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/katebush/snowflake.html

Yes, You can!!!

7 trucos para aprender inglés y no morir en el intento

La fama nos persigue allá donde vayamos: los españoles cojeamos a la hora de hablar inglés. Y no será porque no queramos dominar el idioma: uno de cada cuatro españoles renunciaría a un año de sexo si con eso se asegurase un inglés perfecto y el 64% pagaría hasta 10.000 euros por una píldora del bilingüismo, según un estudio que Cambridge University Press publicó el año pasado.

Poco a poco, sin embargo, vamos abandonando las esperanzas de aprender inglés por arte de magia y nos vamos poniendo manos a la obra. Varias academias consultadas por El Huffington Post reconocen que en los últimos meses han tenido una “avalancha” de inscripciones y el aprendizaje de inglés es en muchos casos uno de los propósitos de año nuevo más repetidos. Un estudio de ABA English apunta a que enero es el mes preferido para ponerse manos a la obra.

Descartada, de momento, la píldora del bilingüismo y aceptando que renunciar al sexo no va a mejorar nuestro nivel de inglés… ¿Hay algún truco para dominar ese idioma? Los expertos sienten decirte que no hay fórmulas mágicas. Para hablar inglés o cualquier otro idioma se necesita tiempo, paciencia y, sobre todo, mucha constancia.

Lo que sí hay, subrayan, son trucos para que ese proceso no sea tedioso y poco fructífero. Aquí tienes siete de ellos.

1. Fíjate unos objetivos

Los expertos recomiendan que, antes de lanzarte a la aventura del inglés, dibujes muy claramente a dónde quieres llegar: no es lo mismo necesitar el idioma sólo para viajar como turista que para trabajar en un entorno multinacional o para hacer presentaciones profesionales.

“Hay ciertos trucos o caminos para prepararse para un objetivo concreto u otro”, destaca Julio Redondas, director de comunicación de Cambridge University Press.

En este sentido, afirma, si tu reto no es aprender inglés para algo concreto y sí dominar el idioma “con todas las letras, con fluidez y con todo lo que eso significa” sólo hay tres trucos: constancia, esfuerzo y tiempo. “Los atajos existen, pero que eso te vaya a hacer tener un mejor nivel de inglés… es complicado”, subraya.

2. Elige bien una academia (y aprovéchalo)

Vale, ya has pensado para qué necesitas el inglés y a dónde quieres llegar. El siguiente paso importante sería ahorrar y apuntarte a una academia que se adapte a tus necesidades.

Hay que tener muchas cosas en cuenta a la hora de inscribirse. “Primero tienes que analizar cuál es tu perfil. Preguntarte: ¿Yo para qué quiero aprender inglés? No es lo mismo querer sacarse un título, como el First, porque para eso hay un sistema que no es el mismo que para hacer presentaciones corporativas ni para irte a trabajar en el extranjero”, explica Redondas.

Es difícil, asegura, que todas las academias y todos los libros cubran todas las necesidades porque cada una suele estar especializada en un ámbito. Y eso tienes que tenerlo muy en cuenta.

La aventura del inglés, insisten los expertos, no acaba cuando te apuntas a una academia. A partir de ahí, tu actitud y tu constancia jugarán un papel clave. “Las academias, como los gimnasios, se nutren mucho del abandono, de gente que se matricula y luego no va”, destaca Redondas.

Además, e independientemente de cuál sea tu objetivo, tienes que fijarte en que la academia donde te apuntes tenga grupos reducidos y de que las clases sean interactivas, para que puedas poner en práctica tus conocimientos.

“Y, por supuesto, tienes que poner de tu parte. Si vas a una academia y te sientas allí, estás tres horas, te hablan pero tú no haces nada por practicar la lengua… No te va a servir de mucho”, avisa Virginia Vinuesa, profesora de inglés en la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid.

3. Escucha música en inglés

Julio Redondas insiste en que escuchar música en inglés es una de las actividades más útiles que puedes encontrar para familiarizarte con el idioma.

“Siempre hay unos cantantes o unos grupos que te gustan. Teniendo eso en cuenta, es fácil que te enganches porque el soniquete, el estilo, lo que hay alrededor del inglés, te gusta”, destaca. Además, afirma, la sonoridad hace que recuerdes las letras de las canciones y las palabras que las forman de una manera más natural.

“Pero eso no significa que te vaya a entrar solo. Vas a tener que leer la letras y, en función de tu nivel, tirar del diccionario si quieres saber lo que se dice”, advierte Redondas, quien admite que no es fácil pero es “menos exigente que ver una serie de una hora en la que quizá te pierdes en el minuto dos.”

4. Aficiónate a las películas y series en VO, pero sin pasarte

Pese a todo, los expertos aseguran que ver series y películas en inglés ayuda mucho a perder el miedo al idioma. Pero siempre teniendo en cuenta tu nivel y el nivel de lo que te dispones a ver. “Si partes de un nivel básico y te pones a ver series sin subtítulos lo más probable es que te frustres y que al cabo de diez minutos lo dejes. Es una actividad buena, pero no vale todo”, indica Redondas.

Pone el ejemplo de la serie The Wire, donde se utiliza mucho vocabulario relacionado con la calle y el crimen. Si tienes un nivel medio y quieres ver esa serie sin subtítulos… Quizá acabes de los nervios.

A la hora de ver películas y series hay cuatro niveles de exigencia:

A-. Verlas dobladas al español. Así te enterarás de todo, pero no aprenderás nada.

B-. Verlas en inglés con subtítulos en español. Los expertos recomiendan esta opción para niveles bajos porque, para otros más elevados, es poco útil. “Te dedicas más a leer y no atiendes tanto a lo que dicen, así que no asocias sonidos con palabras, no te fijas en cómo se pronuncia cada palabra”, explica Virginia Vinuesa.

C-. Verlas en inglés con subtítulos en inglés. Vinuesa recomienda esta opción para niveles intermedios porque así vinculas palabras con sonidos. Lo que comúnmente se conoce como ‘hacer oído’.

D-. Verlas en inglés sin subtítulos. En general, los expertos recomiendan esta opción para niveles avanzados porque, de lo contrario, puede que no entiendas nada y te frustres.

5. Lee libros en inglés (pero con cabeza)

Los expertos coinciden unánimemente en que leer libros en inglés es uno de los mejores métodos para aprender vocabulario de forma entretenida y acostumbrarte al modo en que se construyen las frases en el otro idioma.

Pero, al igual que en el caso de las películas y las series, tienes que tener muy en cuenta cuál es tu nivel y la dificultad del libro que quieres leer porque “todo lo que no está al alcance de nuestras posibilidades causa frustración”, explica Isabel Aráez, profesora de Educación Secundaria en el Instituto Felipe de Borbón de Murcia y colaboradora experta en educación para la Comisión Europea.

“Un aprendiz de español no comienza leyendo el Quijote. Tampoco podemos nosotros adentrarnos en el Ulysses de James Joyce así por las buenas”, insiste. En este sentido, Aráez indica que existen gran variedad de recursos de lectura adaptados a cada nivel de comprensión lectora, desde el inicial al avanzado o la versión original.

Los expertos no se ponen de acuerdo, sin embargo, en el mejor método a la hora de leer. Unos insisten en que es importante usar el diccionario para las palabras que se desconocen, pero otros insisten en que es mejor ir deduciendo el significado por el contexto.

6. Lee periódicos extranjeros

Los expertos también recomiendan leer periódicos en inglés, algo mucho más sencillo ahora gracias a las ediciones digitales de los diarios. “Exponerse a un vocabulario, giros lingüísticos y expresiones idiosincrásicas del ámbito periodístico es algo que puede resultar muy enriquecedor para el alumno a partir del nivel intermedio”, explica Aráez.

Si no llegas a ese nivel de competencia, es mejor que recurras a lecturas adaptadas.

7. Búscate amigos nativos y habla

Después de todo esto, acéptalo: para llegar a dominar el idioma tendrás que hablarlo, aunque te dé vergüenza. Virginia Vinuesa explica que ahora es mucho más sencillo practicarlo gracias a la tecnología.

“Con las redes sociales es más fácil. Puedes hacer amigos nativos y montar grupos de conversaciones por Skype. Hay muchos bares y pubs que hacen sesiones para hablar inglés con nativos”, asegura. Es el paso más importante, y quizá el más complicado, de la aventura del inglés.

Fuente:

http://www.huffingtonpost.es/2015/01/03/como-estudiar-ingles_n_6157370.html?utm_hp_ref=sociedad

Paco, vente pa’ Alemania!!!

Quince cosas que empiezas a hacer cuando vives en Alemania

Alemania es el cuarto país del mundo con más emigrantes españoles. 122.000 personas procedentes de España residen actualmente en el país germano, según datos del Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE).

Ellos han tenido que hacerse con las costumbres del lugar nada más llegar. Comer y cenar temprano o entender su fascinación ante el mínimo rayo de sol no son las únicas barreras culturales que tuvieron que superar. Ahora sabrán que ser cuadriculado no siempre se traduce en ser eficiente y que a los alemanes les cuesta improvisar, pero cuando son leales lo son hasta límites insospechados. Así apuntan algunas de estas quince rarezas, que tras pasar un tiempo en tierras germanas resultan normales.

1. Jamás das dos besos al saludar. Siempre la mano.

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2. Bebes cosas raras.

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Crees que vas a incrementar tu consumo de cerveza y así es, porque es más barata que el agua. Pero también terminas bebiendo líquidos que jamás imaginarías. Algunas de ellas son: apfelschorle (zumo de manzana mezclado con agua con gas), glühwein (vino caliente con especias), Club Mate (refresco altamente excitante inspirado en el Mate argentino que no lleva mate pero sí mucha cafeína y mucha teína), Mezzo Mix (mezclar Coca-Cola con Fanta de naranja sin ser menor está socialmente aceptado) y Bionade (refresco que se suma a la moda de productos BIO. No sabe a nada, pero tiene varios colores).

3. Vas a devolver los cascos de la bebida.

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Una vez ingeridos todos estos líquidos, regresas al supermercado cargado con las botellas vacías. Esa práctica (Pfand) que en España quedó en los 80 está a la orden del día en Alemania. Es ecológico y económico. Te dan hasta 25 céntimos por botella o lata, que has pagado previamente. En Alemania el índice de reutilización de una botella supera el 90 por ciento. En España no llega al 20.

4. La temperatura en la calle es de cinco grados bajo cero o inferior. Pero no te quedas en casa. Haces botellón si se tercia.

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5. Emites continuamente un sonido gutural: Genau. Significa “exactamente” en alemán. Se usa para todo.

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6. Es más normal desnudarse en público que saltarse un semáforo en rojo.

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La relación de los alemanes con su cuerpo es muy distinta a la de la católica España. Dicen que es una herencia de su pasado comunista, pero lo cierto es que también ocurre en la Alemania occidental.

7. Cuando brindas lo haces mirando a los ojos.

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Y dices prost. Si es el brindis de tu cena de empresa y sois treinta. Pues también.

8. David Hasselhoff es Dios.

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Sin ironía. El vigilante de la playa ha vendido siete millones de discos a lo largo de una carrera musical, que tantas risas nos has proporcionado en España. La mayor parte de ellas en el mundo germanoparlante: Alemania, Suiza y Austria. Es entonces cuando dejas de entender el término kitsch con una broma.

9. Tratas de usted a cualquier persona que haya cumplido la edad de hacer la Primera Comunión.

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10. ¿Qué apostamos? te parece un programa de televisión entretenido.

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Es más, lo que ocurre en él te importa. SI cambian al presentador o el día de emisión. La longevidad del programa parece una más de sus pruebas. Wetten, dass… ? se emite desde antes de que en España lo presentara Ana Obregón. Toda celebridad que se precie tiene que acudir a él y humillarse en él, como en España a El Hormiguero.

11. Vas con el perro a todos los lados. El metro, un restaurante, un bar…

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12 …Vas al bar (con tu perro) a ver Tatort

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Es una serie policiaca (El lugar del crimen) que se emite desde los setenta. Y se ve en grupo. Cada domingo, a las 20.15, nueve millones de personas lo hacen. Los bares utilizan pantallas de proyección que en España solo se ven durante los partidos del Mundial o Eurovisión. Christoph Waltz (Django desencadenado) fue su protagonista durante décadas.

13. Cuando entras en una casa ( a ver Tatort, por ejemplo) te descalzas sin pensártelo dos veces.

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14. Contestas al teléfono pronunciando tu apellido. A tu madre también.

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15. La bicicleta no es un sólo un elemento de ocio.

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Es un medio de transporte legítimo (con sus multas de circulación incluidas). Ir en traje al trabajo pedaleando es habitual y no resulta para nada poco profesional.

Fuente:

http://www.huffingtonpost.es/2015/01/02/costumbres-alemania_n_5716467.html?utm_hp_ref=spain

Vídeo:

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New Resolutions for 2015?

20 Resolutions Everyone Should Make

t’s time for New Year’s resolutions. Most of us have a love-hate relationship with this once-a-year list. Maybe the same few goals keep popping up year after year, or maybe you throw it all out the window and say screw the list. But no matter how you feel about them, setting intentions as the New Year approaches is a smart idea for a balanced life.

There’s a reason traditional resolutions don’t stick. Things like losing weight, ending a nail-biting habit, or paying off debt are all good goals. But it can be hard to put your heart into them.

If you really want to reach new heights, consider writing your goals with more heart and intention. Focus on the feelings you want to feel in the New Year and the big picture.

Instead of writing down “lose weight” or “hit my goal weight,” make a resolution to feel good in your skin and fall in love with your body. This empowers you from within, and you’ll create goals with your heart. When your heart is your compass, you’re more enthusiastic and focused.

If you want to feel more alive and present in your life, consider revising your New Year’s resolution list. Here are 20 things to consider:

1. Release what no longer serves you.

2. Live less out of habit and focus on intent.

3. Raise your standards.

4. Look for the good in others instead of focusing on the bad.

5. Be OK with not being OK.

6. Look in the mirror and like what you see.

7. Be kind to yourself when you’re learning something new.

8. Be OK with not knowing. Learn to love the journey.

9. Stop apologizing.

10. Let love guide you.

11. Stop rushing things that need time to grow.

12. Know the difference between giving up and knowing when you’ve had enough. Let enough be enough.

13. Travel to that place you keep thinking about. It’s in your heart for a reason.

14. Trust yourself more.

15. Let go of who you think you are so you become who you want to be.

16. Be thankful for today.

17. Don’t worry about how your life looks. Instead, focus on how it feels.

18. Invite your inner child out to play daily.

19. Let yourself be you.

20. Stop trying so hard to get to where you think you should be and see you are exactly where you need to be.

Source:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-16705/20-resolutions-everyone-should-make.html

7 Ways to Make 2015 Your Year to Shine!

With the new year upon us, it’s hard not to pick up on the contagious positive energy of making powerful life-changing intentions. New year, new you, right? Perhaps that means: losing weight, getting organized, spending less, saving more, feeling healthy, learning something new, or maybe even helping others, all of which top the list of the most common goals going into the start of a new calendar year. Unfortunately, New Year’s resolutions are notorious for their short-lived journey here on earth. In fact, a study by Stanton University showed that just 8 percent of New Year’s goals ever see themselves into fruition. Moreso, this same study shows that only 25 percent of these goals set will even make it past the first week of the year. Ouch! Now, those are depressing statistic.

Goal-setting can actually be immensely powerful as our beautiful intentions become expressed letting our desires be known to the Universe. But, as the saying goes, “A goal without a plan is just a dream.” Those who succeed in turning their vision into reality go much further. While intention is a powerful first step, it demands additional action steps to actually bring the vision to life.

As an entrepreneur who has spent many new years at the goal-setting table, and who has more recently been the facilitator of helping others bring their own dreams to fruition as a coach and mentor, I’ve seen and experienced first-hand what works and what doesn’t in the world of making dreams happen. And, hence, here are my top seven ways to beat the statistics and make 2015 your year to shine!

  1. Set goals with soul. My own personal belief is that the reason so many New Year’s resolutions become failures is because a lot of people are just making them because they’re “supposed” to. It’s like saying, “Okay, another new year is upon us, I guess I should throw some goals out there.” But, you’re not going to get very far with that mindset. Instead, dive in a little deeper and get into the “why” behind the “what.” So, instead of saying “I want to lose weight,” which is kind of lacking in the soul department, how about really digging in and saying, “I want to lose weight because I’m tired of feeling like crap. And, I want to be alive and healthy to see my children graduate high school and to see my grandchildren be born, etc.” Or, maybe your goals in financial in nature. Making more money is just scratching the surface of things, but dig in deeper and consider what that financial freedom would feel like for you? Maybe you want to provide a certain life for your children or start a foundation that gives back to a cause that is super important to you. Now, that has some grit to it as it digs deeper into the heart and touches on emotion which equals staying power.
  2. Hash out the details. Beyond writing the goal down, it’s important to get into the actual strategy of achieving them. Imagine finally reaching the finish line and consider all of the steps that would have needed to be taken to get there. If we were to use the weight loss goal again as an example (it is one of the most popular new year’s goal, after all), we could agree that eating well and exercising are necessary to achieve that particular goal. However, the fine details of what that actually looks like can vary greatly from person to person. An individual strategy would need to get into the specific dates and times workouts would take place and what other commitments might need to be juggled to make it happen. The strategy would also address everything else from what types of food to incorporate into the meal planning, to when to do the shopping, and what days to actually do the cooking. Hashing out these details and then syncing them into your daily life by actually scheduling them on your calendar will make a night and day difference between goals that are soon forgotten and your wildest dreams actually coming true. This same line of thinking can be used for business, relationship, spiritual, and any other type of goals your heart desires.
  3. Tell the world (or at least anybody that will listen). The more we talk about our goals and dreams, they more real they feel and the better the chances of them coming to life. Express them not only in your own dream journals, but to friends and family, on social media, and within your networking groups, this is both the power of intention and law of attraction in action. What we focus on, grows. So, don’t keep your dreams in the dark. Bring them into the light and keep them there instead of letting them fade away back into the shadows. Water and nurture them like the beautiful little seeds that they are and help give them every chance to grow. And, while you’re shouting from the rooftops, don’t be afraid to also ask for help, guidance and support along the way. The more two way conversations you have around your desires, the more supported you will feel and the more they will manifest.
  4. Build in some accountability. Human beings are wired for connection. Therefore, having some sort of built-in accountability works so much better than trying to go at it alone. When we partner up, hire a coach, or join a group of like-minded folks, we substantially increase our chances of making things happen. Having a network in place to share ideas with, be supported by, and be held accountable to gives us the courage and inspiration to carry on and the motivation to actually get done what we said we would. (Nobody wants to report to their accountability partners that they haven’t gotten anything done, right?) Whether you get friends and family to help keep tabs on your progress or join a professional group of some sort, having a team to be accountable to is an invaluable gift to help you keep up with your goals.
  5. Be flexible and easy, like a tree that bends and sways with the wind. A mentor of mine once gave a beautiful analogy that I will never forget She said to hold on to your vision ever so gently, like a baby chick. Imagine holding this soft, fuzzy, sweet and delicate little creature in your hand. You want to do so gently and with love. What would happen to that adorable little chick if you squeezed too tightly? Not a pretty picture. So, why is it that we often squeeze the life right out of our own dreams? We tend to hold on to our vision too tightly. In our own minds, we want things to play out in an exact and precise way, but reality is this rarely happens. Instead, we must remember that we are powerful co-creators in the Universe (emphasis on the “co”). Sometimes life has other plans in mind. We need to learn to go with the flow and be willing to re-write the vision as life and circumstances change for us. Being open to the synchronicity in your life and taking subtle guidance from the Universe plays a powerful part in bringing your dreams to life.
  6. De-Clutter. Energy is a powerful thing that exists everywhere and in everything. Did you know the flow of energy can be blocked when our lives are cluttered? This could be in the form of a literal state (e.g., a messy house or desk), or perhaps in a more abstract form such as messy financials or relationships. Or, maybe we are just holding on to some past junk that is making it difficult to move forward. No matter how much vision-writing, goal-setting, and accountability we have in place, if our lives are in messy shambles, we must do some spring cleaning before we can truly tap into our infinite potential. Think about some ways you can clean up your own energy space. In what areas of your life can you de-clutter and organize? What are some loose ends that can be tied up? Where are you feeling “messy” and/or incomplete. Clean up, organize, let go, feel light, and allow energy to flow positively and freely.
  7. Listen to your soul. Deep in our hearts and soul, there is a seed planted. It’s our passion and life purpose gently trying to manifest itself in all that we do. It is up to each of us to in tune to this divine truth. Connecting with our soul is a mission all in of itself. It takes a combination of going within, experiencing stillness, cultivating mindfulness, and connecting with the signs from the Universe as they play out around us. Once we get a glimpse of this, we must tune out anyone or anything that tries to sway us away. Being true to ourselves in a world that is constantly trying to change us is one of the most difficult challenges any of us will face in our lifetime. So, once we start to get those glimpses into what lights us up, what we’re here for, how we want to feel and to BE in this world, we must guard them carefully and not let the rest of the world take these truths away.

Source:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dawn-gluskin/7-ways-to-make-2015-your-_b_6388202.html

The psychology behind New Year’s resolutions that actually stick

According to a Marist Poll, 44% of us will make a resolution for 2015. Like previous years, we will once again resolve to lose weight, get organized, save more money, and enjoy life to the fullest.

For real, this time.

But have you ever wondered why new year’s resolutions fail despite your best intentions?

The pattern is dismally familiar. You promise yourself that “I am going to lose weight next year.” You eat nutritiously for a few days and start going to the gym. Then, in a moment of weakness, you binge on leftover cake and chocolate-chip cookies, feel bad about your lack of willpower, slip back into old habits and give up.

Now, thanks to advances in brain science and behavioral research on motivation and habits, experts understand these frustrating patterns of our behavior better than ever before. By putting their insights to work, you can build more willpower and achieve more of your goals over time.

So what does science tell us about goals, motivation and how to stay on track?

First, writing down your goals is critical if you want to accomplish them. Then comes the harder parts:

Tip #1: Connect your goals to something personally meaningful to you.

You are more likely to stay on track with goals when they’re important, interesting or enjoyable for you. This happens when you connect your goals to your deepest values and aspirations.

Why is it really important for you to lose weight? Is it because it improves your feelings of self-worth and gives you energy to do other things; or is it because it allows you to be more active and makes you feel more attractive? Whatever it is, connecting your goals to these personal and emotional benefits are important in achieving them.

Tip #2: Break your goals into smaller milestones

Longer-term goals are never achieved in one go. You need to break longer term goals into smaller tasks or milestones. Accomplishing these milestones will give you a clear sense of progress, let you celebrate small wins and keep you motivated.

Tip #3: Make your milestones immediate and specific

Remember the motivation you have just before a deadline? Milestones should aim to create a similar sense of urgency in you by making them as immediate and specific as possible. Getting started is one of the hardest things in accomplishing a goal. Therefore, the most important task to make immediate is the first. “Lose on pound this week” is good but “Consume 2,000 calories or less today” may be even better.

Goal example: “Lose 15 pounds by June”

Milestone example: “Lose one pound this week”

Tip #4: Let others know about your specific goals

Letting your friends, family or co-workers know about your goals make it more likely that you will succeed. Research shows that this works only when your goals are verifiable. “Write more” is vague but “Write 500 words every week” is verifiable. No one likes to be seen as weak-willed so committing to goals in front of others increases your motivation to achieve them.

Tip #5: Make a “Fresh Start” in case of setbacks

Wharton business school professor Katherine Milkman and her colleagues have done research on the role timing of resolutions plays in building up motivation and overcoming inertia. They have labeled it the “fresh start effect.”

According to the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make them.

So go ahead. Make a fresh start and commit to a new year resolution. Make allowances in your mind that failure and setbacks can occur but that you can always start over—and resolve to succeed.

Source:

http://qz.com/318967/the-science-behind-new-years-resolutions-that-actually-stick/

How to Set Intentions on New Year’s Eve to Guarantee a Phenomenal Year Ahead

Preparation is key to every victory in life.

Psychological, emotional and energetic preparing is what separates those that succeed from those that want.

When I began intentionally closing the year, my life felt more deliberate and I achieved so many goals I’ve had for years!

I got pregnant effortlessly, had an amazing twin home birth, traveled to places I’ve always wanted to see, my business soared and abundance flowed in, felt more passionately in love with my husband, and so much more!

So I invite you to set yourself up to thrive in 2015 by doing a short yet potent New Year’s Eve Release & Intend Ceremony that will help you achieve what you desire.

The eve of the last day of the year has long been recognized as an auspicious and sacred time to:

  • reflect and celebrate the year that has passed
  • release thoughts and beliefs that are no longer serving you
  • set clear intentions for the year ahead
  • invite the powerful energy of attraction to manifest your desires

In years past, I have held NY Eve Ceremonies at my home and all of the participants raved about how incredible it was to step into the new year with so much clarity, hope and inspiration!

This year I’m hosting a free virtual Release & Intend ceremony on 12/28, but if you’d rather create your own end-of-the-year ritual (alone or with friends), here are some ideas to guide you.

Set aside at least 30 minutes and choose the elements out of the suggestions below that resonate with you. Most importantly, remember to make this ceremony fun and exciting!

1. CREATE A SACRED SPACE.

You don’t have to do the NY Eve ceremony on the 31st of December. Select a day and time when you (and whoever you invite) will enjoy focusing on setting intentions without interruptions.

When deciding on location, begin with connecting with what a ceremony means to you and what kind of an environment is conducive for feeling united in your heart, mind and soul.

For me, it could mean any of the following:

  • lighting a candle with the intention of illuminating the vision for your next year
  • burning some incense or sage to clear the space
  • creating an altar with things that hold personal meaning such as photographs, art, and sacred objects
  • having a journal and pen ready and maybe even getting a whole collection of art supplies
  • gathering tarot cards or any other tools for connecting with inner wisdom
  • putting on inspiring music
  • dressing up on clothing that makes me feel beautiful, empowered and comfortable

2. CENTER YOURSELF.

Meditate or just do some deep breathing for a 5-10 minutes. Slow down your heart rate. Feel your body and all the present sensations. Drop-in to Presence.

If you are gathering with friends, I recommend someone guiding everyone in a centering meditation.

3. REFLECT ON INTENTIONS FROM THIS YEAR.

If you can read last year’s notes or remember you intentions for this year, it will be useful to reflect and journal your thoughts about them:

  • Have you achieved what you set out to accomplish in the last 12 months?
  • Did you live in alignment with your true intentions and priorities? If not, why?
  • What valuable personal and professional lessons have you learned?

Maybe you feel proud and powerful for making courageous choices. Or maybe you feel angry and frustrated for continuing outdated patterns. All of it is perfectly okay, and I highly suggest removing any internal censoring and having a real heart-to-heart with your journal.

Rest in Napoleon Hill’s wisdom that “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.”

(If you can’t remember any intentions for this year, that’s okay, just think about the general things that are important to you and whether you are living in alignment with them.)

If you want to share this with other people who are doing the ceremony with you, share 2-3 lessons you learned from the year.

And if you love fire, then write down 2-3 habits or beliefs that you know you are ready to release and burn them.

As they go up in flames, know that the consciousness that created this world heard your readiness to shift and will now fully support you in your desire!

4. WRITE DOWN 10 HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS YEAR.

They can be big achievements or more subtle magic moments. Remember how they felt and what made them so special.

If you are present with others, share some of your highlights in all their juicy glory!

Focusing and reliving the most exciting and exhilarating times of your life is one of the most powerful ways of reprogramming your mindset to keep a success score card, instead of a failure tab!

5. DECLARE WHAT YOU WANT NEXT YEAR.

I recommend writing down one intention for each area of your life. I find these wishes to feel more powerful when I state them in present tense so that I feel like I’m already living my desires. Here are four main areas to focus on:

1. Your Health. The health goal can do with fitness or dietary habits or it can be very general, such as: “I tune into my body wisdom and make choices that nourish and support every cell in radiant health.”

2. Your Wealth. The wealth intention can be a specific desire in your career or finances or it can be something like: “I recognize my innate ability to experience an abundance of money, time and love.”

3. Your Relationships. A relationship goal will be more powerful if you can focus on how YOU want to feel instead of how you would like someone else to change. For example: “I love being in satisfying, loving and nurturing relationships” or “I am attracting the perfect companion for me by being the kind of mate I want to attract.”

4. Your Personal Enrichment. Probably the most important goal out of all 3 because it is what feeds your soul, heart and mind. A great way to explore this topic is to free-write all the things that you would be doing if you had all the money, time and freedom you could want.

Look over what you wrote and think of one goal for the year ahead that lights you up. For instance, you could explore meditation programs or new classes: “I love investing in myself by signing up for {blank} program.”

You can also make it as simple as mine for 2015: “I dance every chance I get and remember my freedom, power and beauty.”

6. CHOOSE A THEME FOR NEXT YEAR.

After you have reflected on where you’ve been and where you want to go, it is also useful to pick a theme word or phrase for the year. This focus can be your North Star when making decisions in the coming months.

For example, my focus of 2014 was “I’m Ready.” Anytime I had to make a big decision, I would remind myself that I’m ready and that helped me launch new courses and build a new website, all before I felt I was truly prepared (truthfully, I was never going to feel 100 percent prepared).

The theme can also be a way to recognize when you’ve gotten off balance and help course correct.

My theme for 2015 is the KISS principle — “Keep it simple, silly.”

I have a big sign with those words above my desk and it’s already guiding me to take the path of least resistance and keep things in perspective instead of efforting and trying too hard.

It’s amazing how just a simple phrase can help us remember what our priorities are!

7. SHARE, AMPLIFY, MULTIPLY.

If you are with others, share your intentions and your theme one by one and after each person finished speaking, reflect aloud together: “And so it is!”

And if you did the ceremony on your own, I recommend writing an email to a couple of friends summarizing your desires for 2015 and asking them to help you stay focused in the coming year.

When two or more minds connect with an idea at the same time, the power of the idea becomes greater than the sum of the individual parts.

So share with (supportive) others what you want to develop in your life and you will be amazed how much more fun and easy it will be to journey to your goals.

Source:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lana-shlafer/how-to-set-intentions-on-_b_6378940.html

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