Words have limitless power over how we think, act, and communicate. Words help us develop our best life, affirm our health and find balance. As a woman, I’ve had to learn to use words to benefit my self confidence and motivate myself.
These 130 most empowering words will change how you talk to yourself and to others and can absolutely shape the path of your life.
What are Words?
Have you ever stopped to think about the complexity of words?
Words, in essence, are a combination of sounds that come from our throats and are shaped by our mouths, and each word has a different vibration and a different meaning. The energy of this vibration and meaning has the power to interact with our bodies and change our own energies.
“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”Yehuda Berg
Changing Your Negative Words to Empowering Words
The act of changing our words from negative ones to empowering ones is one of the most transformational things we can do for the betterment of our lives!
How often do we respond with words like:
“Dammit Dawn, you’re such a klutz.”
“I’m so sorry, I’m a terrible friend, I’m 30 minutes late to our lunch date.”
It’s natural for us to respond to ourselves with negative words when something negative happens. But how could our day, our spirit, our life change if we changed those negative words to positive ones?
“Oops, I didn’t mean to spill the water. I’ll just go clean it up!”
“Thank you so much for waiting for me! Our lunch date is so important to me, but something unavoidable happened.”
Changing our negative words to positive ones helps us respond differently to ourselves after a mistake. Choosing the right words make us develop a healthier growth mindset.
I’m not going to get into a growth mindset here, but basically, it implies that your intellect, success, talents, skills, and other aspects of your life can be learned and developed.
In contrast, a fixed mindset is a belief that people are just simply “born that way”. Some people are just dumb. Some people are just lucky. Some people just have natural talent.
A growth mindset is essential for learning and growing! As a mother, having a growth mindset is imperative to the growth of development of my boys… children learn first and foremost through learned behaviors from their parents.
How to Use Empowering Words
So these self-empowerment words may seem very different, but in truth, empowerment, just like enlightenment, is not just one-sided.
When you’re writing to empower others, convince others of an idea, or keep someone’s attention, lukewarm words will likely put your readers to sleep! Use powerful words to elicit a strong emotional reaction from your readers.
In marketing and copywriting, strong words can help you convince your ideal market to try your product. Powerful words are essential for persuasive writing of any kind.
Word of the Month
You can try choosing an empowering word for every month that will help you stay focused, overcome obstacles, and choose positivity!
Empowerment for Any Woman, Girl, or Minorities
This one deserves more discussion than a brief mention. Society marginalizes women and minorities like Black people, people with Asian heritage, and Indigenous peoples.
When you’re a female or an ethnic minority in this country, you know the power words can have both against us and also how they can work in our favor. (I know this first-hand as a feminist writer and blogger, both from the words I write as well as the words others share with me, both negative and positive.)
It is our job to use words as a powerful conduit for change in our country.
If you use these words for discussions with your daughters or need to use them for women’s empowerment events, they’re sure to build others up in your life. Use the positive words to describe the people around you who need it.
The biggest power we have as individuals is to lift others up when they need, but also to use these powerful words to set boundaries with those who want to take advantage of you. (Think: “No.” “Never.” These are complete sentences.)
List of 130 Most Empowering Words to Describe Others or Yourself
These words might be varied, but they are all positive, powerful words to help empower your life in whatever way you need!
Use these empowering words for a variety of things: affirmations, copywriting, business, or just for life! Put the power back into your life!
- I* (You)