Language Your Life®
In the Language Your Life® series, the students explore the influence of their words and learn to shift their language into an empowering and valuable tool. They gain self-awareness, and discover how to create clear and cooperative communication both verbally and through their with body language.
Being a Positive Influence
Imagine our youth being equipped with the ability to use language to create their best self and be a positive influence in their environment. Empowering them to communicate their thoughts and emotions connects them to others, and unquestionably positively affects their life experiences and wellbeing.
Driving Your Vision
As they explore the Language Your Life series they will learn the Visualization Technique of ‘The Movie,’ and with this technique and others they quickly gain awareness that language is a powerful force that creates or hinders their possibilities and develop tools to use their words effectively.
Languaging Your Movie
Students learn to identify how they place their fears, blame, anxiety, and choices in their ‘Movie.’ They learn to language their fears without letting shame or negative self-image become the script to their ‘Movie.’ Language Your Life presents these tools to students as life skills that they are acquiring.
Taking Responsibility & Recognizing Your Language
Visible Courses reinforce that the students must take responsibility and identify hurtful language whether in the shape of gossiping, bullying, betrayal, or breaking agreements. Utilizing language in this form not only diminishes the other but also their Self and the positive core values they embody.
Students will be able to identify language that honors others and know how to share respectively even in hurtful situations. As they learn to train their mind to ‘look for the good,’ they begin to language ‘the good’ in their life. Looking for ‘the good’ does not mean they will not see ‘the bad,’ but that they will witness ‘the bad’ in context and not as something debilitating towards their future. Having this outlook gives them the opportunity to language a positive outcome for themselves and others.
We also support kids to learn to say what they really feel and know how to honor themselves and others with awareness of their body language. Words create their story to be VISIBLE. They shape their ‘Movie’ to connect them to a world where they are VISIBLE, valuing themselves and being a positive influence with others.
Reinforced Language Disciplines
Communication is a treasured gift that gives us the opportunity to verbalize kindness and love to those closest to us and even to strangers. Students learn to trust themselves and their knowledge in order to release the habit of worrying about what others think.
If you do not mean something, then do not say it. You are accountable for your thoughts, words, and actions. You control what comes out of your mouth. Own it! You said it.
Words to Refrain From Using
The students learn to be aware of what they may really be saying when using these words: ALWAYS – NEVER – TRY – DON’T – NOT – I GUESS — BUT
Avoid thinking or speaking in terms of things being hard, evil, ugly or difficult. In Language Your Life, we avoid words like impossible, worry, trouble, problem, and hate.
The Voice of Self-Talk
Language Your Life® also instills our students with the skill of listening to self-talk and identifying whether it is a voice that is hurting or supporting them. Negative self-talk can be so detrimental to their ‘Movie.’ Creating scripts of new experiences from a place of negative self-talk can be demoralizing, but sometimes this is the only script they know. Using the Visualization Technology, we support them to listen to their self-talk and be aware of what their voice is saying and why. They will learn to be mindful of their inner voice and shift or reinforce it to serve them.
For example, if a student did poorly on a test, he may jump to the conclusion that he is bad at math. We would support him to separate the issue and to make better choices, like studying more, as opposed to creating behaviors to support more of the false truth that he is bad at math.
We encourage students with new skills to use their imagination to catch the negative self-talk. We play that it is a monster in their head that is purple and fuzzy. They can grab this monster and have power over it and question it. They learn to reflect and question what they are telling themselves instead of being so quick to judge themselves. Then, using their imagination they learn to repeat their positive core values and remember other positive experiences to transform the monster into their favorite animal. This allows them to make another choice, because they know how to see the positive in themselves and release the feeling of being overwhelmed. Their favorite animal now becomes a comfort or buddy that is with them to write a new script of that scene in their imagination.
Knowing how to shift their feelings is learning a life-skill of knowing how to bounce back after feeling disappointed. When they can name their feelings they can shift their feelings to be resilient to manage challenges or hurtful situations. They also learn to observe a situation without labeling themselves and feeling that they need to be fixed or that they are broken.