“Soft words sung in a lullaby will put a babe to sleep. Excited words will stir a mob to violence. Eloquent words will send armies marching into the face of death. Encouraging words will fan to flame the genius of a Rembrandt or a Lincoln. Powerful words will mold the public mind as the sculptor molds his clay. Words, spoken or written, are a dynamic force.

Writing of Napoleon and his Italian campaign, Emil Ludwig said: ‘Half of what he achieves is achieved by the power of words.’

Words are the swords we use in our battle for success and happiness. How others react toward us depends, in a large measure, upon the words we speak to them. Life is a great whispering gallery that sends back echoes of the words we send out! Our words are immortal, too. They go marching through the years in the lives of all those with whom we come in contact.

When you speak, when you write, remember the creative power of words.”
– Wilfred Peterson

Words can be the thing that pushes you further away from the folks that you are trying to lead. Even the words that you didn’t speak directly to them, because words have a way of dressing you (meaning you will act how you perceive as well).

As a captain, during your sport season, you will undoubtedly bump into many people with words of their own – dressings that they like and own. The tough part of leadership is getting people to come window shopping for new clothing(vision/words).

The coach has revealed where he wants to be and now you have to help the coach get there by making the words relevant to the rest of the team. It is not an easy road, but at least it begins with something you CAN do!

Create the words you are going to use. Figure out your narrative.

How are you doing with spreading your words?
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