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The Power of “I” Statements

We’re diving into the power of “I” statements and how shifting your language from passive to active can truly transform your life from being a victim of circumstances to being the victor of your own story.

I’m also taking a moment to express my gratitude. Just yesterday, at the NARI Home & Garden show in Milwaukee, I had this awesome encounter that reminded me why I do what I do. I met someone who’s been inspired by my book and my work to take control of their life. That’s the kind of connection that fuels me. It’s about making that human connection, even when we’re out there hustling in our businesses.

Now, let’s get to the heart of today’s topic: the power of “I” statements. It’s about owning your feelings and actions, rather than placing blame or giving away your power. For instance, flipping the script from “You make me feel…” to “I feel…” empowers you to take control of your reactions and emotions.

It’s also about challenging the narratives we tell ourselves. Like, instead of saying “They made me feel…” it’s about recognizing that no one else controls your feelings but you. It’s a game-changer in taking responsibility for your own emotional state and reactions.

I’ve had my own moments of realization through this practice. It’s about digging deeper into why we feel a certain way and addressing it at its root. This kind of introspection can lead to more meaningful connections and resolutions in our relationships.

Moreover, shifting from “I think” to “I know” can profoundly impact how confidently we speak and act. It’s about moving from uncertainty to certainty, from passive to active engagement with the world around us.

I’ve also embraced the power of transitioning from limiting beliefs to empowering actions through statements like “I used to…” followed by “and now…” This shift allows us to acknowledge past behaviors while actively moving towards better outcomes.

And finally, it’s crucial to embrace “I am” statements, fully owning who you are and your journey. It’s about being present and accountable for your actions and beliefs, without hiding behind excuses or past conditioning.

As we wrap up, remember the limiting nature of saying “I can’t,” “I won’t,” or “I don’t.” Instead, recognize the power of your words and the spell they cast over your life. Embrace the change, choose your path, and use your language to empower your existence.

In conclusion, the way you speak about yourself and to yourself matters immensely. It’s about owning your narrative, taking control of your story, and showing the world who you are and who you aspire to be. Until next time, do the fucking thing, tell the fucking world and show the fuck up.

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Andy Weins

Andy Weins is a fourth-generation entrepreneur, Veteran of the U.S. Army, and speaker. Through consulting, teaching, podcasting, and writing, he is an enthusiastic supporter of Veterans, entrepreneurs, community engagement, individual empowerment, and the environment.

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