Planting seeds of greatness with the power of words

Babies start life with a blank page of endless opportunities. We should all be selective about the words we write in a child’s life book. Will we write words of encouragement, love and compassion? Or will we cover the pages with hatred, limitation and resentment?

Have you ever heard someone loudly announce that my son is a terrible two-year-old?

Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker and author says, “Instead of saying the ‘terrible twos,’ say it’s the awesome two, the awesome three, the awesome four, the awesome five, the super six, the awesome seven. And guess where is his or her self-image is because we believe that? That’s right, he or she will have a healthy self-image because that information has been applied and reinforced.”

Words have power! Always start by saying something positive for yourself and others.

How can you do this?

1) Take a second to stop and think before you speak.

2) Say something positive and motivating.

3) Tell them you care about them, believe in them, and love them.

Choose your words wisely.

If the president of the company you work for came up to you and congratulated you with a smile on his face and said, “If you keep working like this, you’ll be president of the company one day!”

Would you be encouraged and inspired to work harder for your boss, the president of your company?

Of course you would!

Positive words of recognition, inspiration, and encouragement make for better employees!

Jim Sundberg played for the Texas Rangers and later the world champion Kansas City Royals as a catcher. When he was growing up in Fresno, California, his father would watch him play baseball and say, “One of these days, you’re going to grow up and be a Major League Baseball player.”

Jim said, “My dad planted in my mind what the future would be.” He planted words of belief, hope and care!

His father planted the seed in his mind when he was a child!

Jim Sundberg and Bill Glass, all football players and NFL stars, ran a prison ministry in one of the prisons. During a break, Jim told Bill, “You know, I’m really glad I didn’t grow up and let my dad down.” Nearby, a prisoner was standing near them and said, “Well, you know what? I didn’t really grow up and let my dad down. I’m exactly where he said he was going to be.”

When Jim Sundberg was a boy, his father planted the seed in his mind that he would be a great baseball player.

The father of the prisoner when he was a child planted in his mind what he would become.

Your words have power. Choose them carefully!

How can you choose your words wisely?

1) Take a second and stop and think carefully before you speak!

2) Say something positive and motivating.

3) Tell them that you care about them and love them.

Plant good seeds of hope and positive words of encouragement.!

Thomas Edison at age 7 was a poor student at school and was called “confused” by the teacher. (Scrambled) His mother was a teacher by training and she decided to take him out of school to teach him at home. Mrs. Edison changed the image of how Thomas saw himself!

Many years later, Thomas Edison said, “My mother was the one who brought me up. She was so faithful, so sure of me, and I felt I had someone to live for, someone I shouldn’t let down.”

Plant positive words (seeds) of success in your children, in your students, in your family and in your employees and they will work harder and happier for you!

A positive word of encouragement can help change anyone’s destiny.

Choose your words “wisely.”

my favorite saying is “every student is a gem in the rough.” Start with that thought and work with your students. Believe that each of your students, on the first day of class, wants to learn your course and wants to learn.

As a teacher, my greatest joy is seeing a student realize their potential and work towards their goal. One day, I received a call from the mother of a high school student. She said, “My husband’s employer recommended him as a violin teacher for my son. I’d rather have a man teach him, but I’ll give it a try.” My son is lazy and stupid..”

I replied, “Please don’t talk about your son like that in front of him or others.”

I agreed to teach her son, if she said “just words of encouragement.”

At our first violin lesson, a young man with multicolored hair, an earring, and strange-looking clothes entered the room. He had his head down and looked unhappy.

We started working on the scales, his solo piece, and the orchestra audition materials for the state orchestra auditions. He was an extraordinarily talented young violinist and I told him so during our first lesson and all the lessons that followed. My honest and sincere words for him inspired and motivated him to do his best work.

At his next violin lesson, a completely different young man eagerly approached my classroom. He had his head up, a smile on his face, and he was well dressed. Because he was investing in himself and his potential, he began to take pride in himself and his work. Every week I saw a transformation in him.

It was our fifth week of lessons, our last lesson before auditions for the state orchestra. I told him how beautiful his playing was and what a good job he would do on the audition. Preparation makes all the difference! “The honest and sincere words that I spoke to him made him bloom like a flower.”

A few days after the audition, he called and said with great pride and a smile in his voice, “I am the concertmaster of the orchestra. I won first place out of more than 40 people who showed up.”

I congratulated him and told him how proud I was of him and that I knew he would win because of his “hard work and determination.” His mother called and said, “Even though you are a woman, you did a good job with him!”

The image that this young man had of himself had changed. Due to the positive inspirational words of encouragement, I gave weekly, and his hard work he began to believe in his abilities! He graduated from high school at the top of his class and went on to college.

The image of how you see yourself is so important!

Words have power.

Many years ago, I received a call from a mother with a 6-year-old boy who was failing first grade. She said that he is “lazy and stupid”. I immediately asked him not to say that to him anymore. She should say “positive and encouraging things” to him!

She brought him over with the violin she had rented and I smiled at her and showed her how to hold the violin and bow, how to read the musical notes on the sheet music, and where to put your fingers on the violin to play her first piece. of music. Every step of the way I told her what a great job she was doing. I told him that he was a smart and intelligent young man.

I asked her mom what usually happens after school. She said, “she plays video games and watches TV.”

I said, “Tell him to practice his violin for twenty minutes after school and then to do his homework for school with Mozart Symphonies softly played in the background.

After completing your work, you can play a video game or watch TV for 20 minutes.

Each week he gained self-confidence as he practiced his violin every day, took violin lessons, and improved on his schoolwork. He started bringing his spelling words for his tests to his violin lesson to review the most difficult words on his list. We would incorporate them into his violin lesson. Every week he would tell her how well he was playing and his smile would light up the room. After three months, his mom said that he is becoming a wonderful student! After a year, he was the most positive, motivated, handsome, and happy young man looking forward to second grade.

What 3 things can you do to say positive words to others?

1) Take a second to stop and think before you speak.

2) Say something positive and motivating.

3) Tell them that you care about them and love them.

The image of how you see yourself is so important!

Words have power. Think before you say something to another person. Make sure the words you speak to others make them feel appreciated and valued.

Always say something positive and uplifting to others.

Words of praise last a lifetime and so do negative words.

What words would motivate you to work harder?

Positive words of encouragement!

Back up before you speak and choose your words carefully!

Choose words that are positive and motivating! Show respect and love!

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