YOUR WORDS HAVE POWER!
I learnt from a story in the news this week and want to share the story and lesson with you today.
A football manager by the name of Mauricio Pochettino was sacked this week. This was not surprising as it is usual practise in the football world that the owners look at results and judge managers by the results they produce. He is the Spurs Manager. The team are not performing well this season compared to the last one. Last season, Mr Pochettino took the ok team of Spurs players and motivated them both by words and action to become a superb football team in Europe. They qualified and played a fantastic game at the champions league – though they did not win.
Fast forward to this year, the Spurs players are still superb, yet they cannot seem to function as a team in the very real way they have done previously. This same group of players, one year ago, was competing against Barcelona (a revered team), and two years ago they gave Real Madrid (another excellent team) a run for their money.
What went wrong with this manager or team? One of the obvious one to Eddie and I was the statements that Mr Pochettino made before and after the champions league final game. He kept mentioning that he is likely to leave right after they win. Well, they did not win, and he didn’t leave. The statement however created uncertainty in the team and that, in my opinion was one of the factors that led to the demotivation within the team.
Our words do have the ability to impact positively or negatively. One statement made by this gentleman had enough power in it to demotivate an excellent team that still has huge amount of potentials in them. How can one person work so hard and use their tongue to destroy what they’ve done? I am not saying this was the only reason for the deep in performance of this team, but we picked it up and so did a few commentators that addressed the issue of the sack. Words are powerful and the more positive words we speak, the better we are at building our world and a positively motivated world around us.
God’s word says
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29
Earlier on today, another commentator was comparing Mr Pochettino to a new manager, Frank Lampard who called aside one of his regular players, told him how he values and believe in him. The Manager told the young player to prepare to become one of the best in the country. Result: Within a few games; the young man now plays outstanding football and stands out in the league. All from the words spoken to him by the new manager.
Be mindful of what you say. It can build or break a good thing around you.
God is on your side!