6 Negative Words That Cripple Your Self Esteem and Empowering Words To Replace Them With

6 Negative Words That Cripple Your Self Esteem and Empowering Words To Replace Them With

6 negative words that you use everyday and 6 empowering words to replace them with that will instantly boost your self esteem.

The words you choose either give you power or take it away.

How familiar are you with your internal dialogue when it comes to building self-esteem?

The language you use can have a profound impact on your self-image, how you show up in the world, and how you live your life.

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.”

Words have the power to shape your beliefs and influence your decisions and can either empower you to love yourself more or to feel awful. The way you express yourself, your choice of words, and tone of voice creates energy that either gives you power or takes it away, so it makes sense that using empowering words does more for your everyday life than perpetuating negative thoughts.

Speech has the ability to change perception, so it’s important to stop negative thoughts before they wear you out.

Making the conscious choice to eliminate disempowering words from your vocabulary can be transformative.

The language you choose can be limiting. You can change your beliefs by being mindful of how you talk. People often use disempowering words such as can’t, have, need, should, never, always, try, and but.

Negative words are taken for granted as part of your everyday communication and narrows your mind in a way that cuts you off from other options and possibilities. Additionally, disempowering words have an effect on your feelings and behaviors.

They diminish your ability to be the master of your destiny, create discomfort, and decrease the amount of energy you have to move forward in a fulfilling way.

Why is it beneficial to set the intention of consciously choosing to use empowering vocabulary? Using positive language will shift your energy levels, elevate your power, and will help reduce resentment and drama in your life.

It will also enhance your ability to be a creator instead of a victim. You will become more open to options you didn’t see before. Implementing empowering language can enhance your strength and motivation you need to keep moving forward.


Here are 6 negative thoughts you can identify and reframe with empowering words:

1. Negative thought: Can’t

When you say, “I can’t,” you set yourself up for failure because it means that you are giving up or that you lack the power. It implies a low self-image, helplessness, and a lack of self-control.

Using the word also increases your stress level, blocks creativity, and your ability to problem-solve.

“You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.”- Diane Von Furstenberg

Instead, use this empowering word: Won’t.

When you say, “I won’t,” you assert confidence and self-control. It signifies preference and choice.


2. Negative thought: Have to or has to

When you say, “I have to,” or “I need to,” you are relinquishing your ability to make your own choices and therefore become a victim. Using those words fosters the inner dialogue that creates conditions of powerlessness.

Instead, use these empowering words: Choose to or want to.

Everything is a choice. You don’t “have to.” You “do” or “get to do.” Use choose to or want to instead.

When you say, “I choose to,” or “I want to,” you acknowledge that you have the right to choose your path.


3. Negative thought: Should

When you say, “I should,” it implies there is a right or wrong way to do something. Thinking you might be wrong is not elevating. It sends a message that you are not in control or worthwhile and don’t want to do something.

The word “should” also signifies a lack of acceptance rather than encouragement.


Instead, use this empowering word: Can.

This is why you can say “can or could.”

When you say, “I can, or I could” you are reinforcing your freedom and ability to take full ownership.

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