“Your own words are the bricks and mortar of the dreams you want to realize. Your words are the greatest power you have. The words you choose and the use establish the life your experience.” -Sonia Croquette Have you ever thought of yourself as an artist before? We all have talents in one form or another and believe me drawing is definitely not one of mine, but what I want to talk about is the art that you create with your words. First it’s important to understand that your words have incredible creative power. Imagine your life as a piece of canvas and your words are the paint. The words you use to describe yourself, how you feel and what is going on in your world become splashes of paint on this canvas that represents a depiction of your life. Uplifting, positive words are vibrant, bright colors that will adorn your work of art. Whereas, sad, fear-based, limiting words will be dark, drab hues that will be your palette. What does your canvas look like? Have you ever stopped and listened to the words you say throughout the day? Do you know what you sound like to others when they hear you talk? If you started your day with a mini recorder taped on your shoulder and played it back at the end of the day you might be shocked and embarrassed at the words you use to describe yourself, talk about others and how much you complain about stuff that 99% of the time doesn’t really matter in the big scheme of things. Hitting the play-back button can really be a wake-up call to creating a better future. Listen to other people’s words, what paints are they using to create their masterpiece? Words like: I’ll never be successful, I’m too old, too fat, too stupid, who will ever love me, I’m not worth it, no one cares, I hate my life, I’m sick of people, I’m a loser, I’m exhausted, I’m devastated, I’m worn out and on and on. These kinds of thoughts and words aren’t going to paint a pretty picture. What people don’t understand it is the power within our words that creates how we live our lives. If you find yourself going down that poor-me-nothing-ever-goes-right path or you start moaning and complaining stop yourself. STOP being against yourself by putting yourself down. I challenge you to make 2012 the year you never say another negative thing about yourself again! Instead, start your day by saying, Good morning beautiful, you wonderful, warm, fun person! Today is going to be a great day. Good things are in my life and I’m excited to see what happens next. Every day in every way I’m getting better and better! After you pick yourself off the floor from the shock of being nice to yourself, your days might actually turn out better than usual. And the masterpiece you create with these words will rival Van Gogh! It may not be easy at first because you are not used to painting your life with your words. But, once you begin to see that you have the power to choose your palette, to create a true work of art from your very own words, perhaps then you can begin to paint a real masterpiece which will be your life! You are an artist!