Have you ever noticed how some people just have a way with words? They can lift you up, push you forward, and make you believe in the impossible. It’s like they have this secret sauce, this leadership vocabulary, that just resonates with everyone around them. I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the most inspiring leaders out there, and one thing that stands out is how intentional they are with their words.

I remember one executive in particular. Every time we met, I was struck by her positivity and the way she chose her words so carefully. It was as if her energy and optimism were infectious, leaving you feeling better and more capable just by being in her presence. It’s amazing, isn’t it, how some people have that effect?

This whole idea got me digging into how our words can actually influence not just our thoughts and emotions, but our physical state too. Turns out, according to some eye-opening research from Harvard Medical School, the words we choose send signals to our brain, releasing chemicals that can either boost our mood or bring us down. It’s like our language has direct access to our body’s internal feel-good buttons, controlling levels of Dopamine, Serotonin, Endorphins, and Oxytocin—the fantastic four of happiness.

So, in the spirit of sharing and improving together, I wanted to give you a little nudge towards elevating your own vocabulary. Here are ten phrases I’ve started incorporating into my daily lexicon. They’re simple, sure, but oh-so-powerful:

Remember: it’s not just about positive thinking; it’s about positive doing.

The words we say to ourselves and others can literally shape our reality. They’re a reflection of our beliefs, and they have the power to influence our actions. So, let’s make every word count. Let’s build our own leadership vocabularies, not just to lead others, but to lead ourselves to greater heights.

Here’s to finding the power in your words and growing your emotional intelligence!

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.