“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” – Gail Devers – Three-Time Olympic Champion in Track and Field

I was talking with several women whom I consider to be my sisters. We were discussing the vibrational energy underlying words. Sometimes the words themselves carry a distinct vibration of positive or negative energy. Sometimes it isn’t the words themselves that carry the vibration, but the meaning that is given to them by the speaker, which seems to raise or lower the vibration by the power of the passion of the speaker.

The word “hope” may seem to be a positive word, but in fact because of the “maybe” energy vibration of it, we can feel a negative vibration. “Try” in this quote seems to me, to be very similar in having a underlying current of negativity, in that there is a “maybe” trailing along the vibration of the word.

“I will give it a try, maybe it will work, probably not”. Can’t you just picture Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh saying that line?

Then there is the famous Yoda quote “no trying, do or not do”.

So when I read this quote I realized that I didn’t feel a “maybe” energy in her quote. What I felt was a curiosity – could I accomplish this? What would it look like? What things would I have to try? What have others done to try and accomplish this? Could I look at this in a different way? Sort of like she found something that she didn’t recognize, and was looking at it from different directions, trying to see what it might be used for.

Since Gail is a Three Time Olympic Champion in her sport, she obviously brought a powerful “I can do this” attitude to her sport. She wasn’t defeatist in any manner, or she wouldn’t have been a “Three Time” winner – and defeatist is the attitude that we normally attach to the word “try”. So her energy, beliefs, and her vibration move the normal energy of the word “try” up the vibrational scale to a new height.

It is interesting to feel into the vibration of the words that you use. If they carry a negative vibration, people will respond in a “pushing” you away manner without realizing why. They subconsciously sense the undertone vibration of what you are saying and it feels uncomfortable.

When watching others talk, feel into the vibration of the conversation. See where someone is “needing” something. Where there might be “convincing” going on, or outright manipulation. This is totally different energy than sharing about something wonderful in your life, and asking for someone to celebrate the accomplishment in an energy of joy and celebration.

Once you can see the energy of the conversation from when others are speaking, it becomes easier to begin seeing it in yourself. I am sure that someone has talked with you in the past, and then mid-sentence they stopped themselves and said wait – that isn’t the right word, and then searching in their mind, they find the word that matches the vibration of the story they are telling. They may or may not realize it, but they have learned to communicate in the energy vibration of what the story they are telling demands.

What this does is it allows you to change the energy of any conversation back into a positive vibration, whenever you notice that it has dipped into the lower negative energy patterns. People are drawn to others who uplift the energy of the conversation.

So don’t be an Eeyore in with your word choices. Instead choose the words you use wisely, always looking to raise your own vibration. Changing yourself, changes the world around you.

Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.