A Positive Shift

Jennifer Powers reminds us that our words and reactions make a difference.

October 01, 2019

ATLANTA—If the session name (Oh Shift!) didn’t pull you in, then Jennifer Powers’ humor and wit did. Powers’ Tuesday session, “Oh Shift! How to Change Your Life with 1 Little Letter,” entertainingly coached attendees into shifting challenges into positives.

Powers, a master certified coach, speaker and author of “Oh Shift!” coaches individuals toward improved confidence, allowing them to live and work at their full potential. During her session, Powers offered a fresh perspective on shifts that stick.

“Use your words,” Powers said. “Words give you power and control over how you feel and attract positivity in your world. We are so powerful with our words. But we’re not using them enough. And they’re free!”

Powers’ life-changing tools are designed to help people choose their words and reactions in response to challenging circumstances, spend less time in resistance and more time in a state of peace and positivity. In short, she said, everyone can learn to react to challenges better and to view change in a much more positive light.

“Having a bad day?” Powers asked attendees. “When I’m having a bad day, I compliment someone, and it turns things around. It’s so easy to do.”

Choosing how you view a situation and the words to describe it can make a difference, she said. For example, changing the phrase “I have to” to “I get to” turns it into a positive. Similarly, swap “I have no time” for “I’m going to make time” and see how it changes your life. It’s important to substitute a positive phrase for a negative one, otherwise you’ll never make progress toward a more satisfying life, she said.

Powers also encouraged attendees to remember the “F” words—flip, find and freak. Flip the focus and find the message, for example. And when you find yourself ‘freaking” out, laugh at the irony, take deep abdominal breaths and count to 12, think of someone worse off than you or say, “Oh well, big deal, so what, who cares” in order, three times fast.

When all else fails, she said, imitate Mother Theresa, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. or “any other great one.”