Some people literally change the world, like Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Ben Franklin, and Steve Jobs.

Although it's an ambitious goal to change the world, you might underestimate your singular power to change the world of those around you. You don't have to be Oprah giving away new cars to positively change someone's world. You have that same power. You don't even have to do anything! You have only to say three simple words.

Try one of these three-word, power-packed statements to change someone's world today:

  • I love you.
  • I thank you.
  • You are terrific.
  • I am sorry.
  • I trust you.
  • I promise you. [and keep it!]
  • God bless you.
  • I can help.
  • I understand you.
  • You are talented.
  • I believe you.
  • You will succeed.
  • You inspire me.
  • It's no problem.
  • I forgive you.
  • You're the best!

Whether you have a long conversation with a friend or simply place an order at a restaurant, every word makes a difference. The results of your interactions are rarely neutral; they are almost always positive or negative. Ask yourself, "Do my words reflect my commitment to helping others, creating win-wins, continuously learning, embracing change, supporting my team's success?"

Words are the seeds of commitment. You plant the seeds with each movement of your lips. Once they are spoken, your words either grow in the form of an immediate response or they take time to germinate. Whether the result becomes apparent sooner or later, you cannot speak words of failure and defeat and expect a life of success and victory.

Plant the seeds of success in someone's mind and heart today. You'll start a positive ripple effect that can be felt by many people and many miles away, not to mention the positive effect you will feel inside.

Here is a three-word challenge: Just say it!

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Published on: Oct 15, 2014
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