It comes as no surprise to anyone that I believe the words we choose are important.   Every day; every thought; every word; every conversation….our words, whether spoken or quietly thought to ourselves, impact the lives we live.

I’m totally fascinated and passionate about just how much our lives are impacted by our word choices.  I also have somewhat of a fun fascination with certain vocabulary words; they aren’t commonly used but I like them.

Over the years, some of my favorite words have been facetiousresonate (as in, “Does that resonate with you?”); percolate (as in,“Let that idea percolate for a while and see what you think”); and infuse.  I like the word “infuse” for many uses but in particular,what we infuse into our minds.  I also like the word cultivate for the purpose of develop a new habit.

A word I’m not necessarily fond of is “convict” as in to be convicted of something. I’m not thinking here of criminal offenses;  rather, I’m thinking of times when, in our own thoughts, we are convicted of handling something poorly or not taking positive action. Maybe the conviction happens by way of something we read or hear; maybe it’s something we’ve known for a long time but haven’t let it guide our actions. However it happens, our thoughts will sometimes “convict” us of something. We know it would be beneficial to act in a different way but we don’t do it and our own thoughts let us know it; our thoughts convict us.

Although I’m not necessarily fond of the word, it has its positive place in our lives when we let it. I like “prompt” much better. Usually, though, prompting comes first; convicting comes when we don’t listen to the prompting and our own minds let us know, “It’s REALLY important for you to change what you’re thinking or doing.”

When something is important, the message the prompting brings will continue to be repeated. When it gets to the point we feel we’re being convicted, the message is, “Listen up; I’m trying to get your attention!!”

In my own life, I believe promptings are God’s way of letting me know something. When I feel convicted, well then, I know I haven’t listened. I don’t like when I get convicted; it’s hard and I know a challenging shift in my way of doing things is coming. But always, I can look back and say, “I know you’ve been trying to tell me and I haven’t listened; now you have my attention, what’s my next step?”

A prompting, even a conviction, isn’t berating or demeaning. It is simply a message that says, “It’s time to make a change.”

A prompting is a gentle message to change something or do something differently; a thought that convicts you means you’re not listening.

I said in the opening note that sometimes living a balanced & prioritized life means listening to negative thoughts. The thoughts that convict us don’t feel positive on the surface.  But we must acknowledge and act on the message they bring in order to live our most balanced, fulfilled and purposeful life.

It’s not the negativity of the thought but rather the message it brings that’s important

Fueling Your Inner Fire with Action:

What areas of your life are you being prompted, even convicted, to make a change?
Is it your health and wellness; a career move; how you’re handling your business, your relationship, or your work/life balance; is it your level of gratitude and loving actions; or is it something else?
Acknowledge that voice as a positive message that says “it’s time.” Create one action step you can take this week to honor that message.

The message really IS trying to help you