In this article, Stephanie Seibel insists that we all give our vocabulary a healthy cleanse this week. She suggests that by replacing just four common phrases, we can empower ourselves to change our thoughts, actions and habits. By utilizing optimistic and positive vocabulary, we can make a difference in how we feel.
Take the time this week to eliminate the following phrases from your vocabulary:
“I Can’t”: You most likely can, you just haven’t had the time, means or ability to try yet. These limits are only temporary, You can change your feelings about it, or you can do something about it. Seibel wants us to replace “I Can’t” with: “I could,” “have yet to learn,” or “choose not to”.
“I Should” or “I Have To”: No one is making us do anything in this life. Next time you find yourself dreading doing something, or feeling obligated to do something, ask yourself if it’s something you really want to be doing. Remind yourself of the importance of doing what you must do, or make the choice to stop doing it.
“I’m Poor, Sick, or Not Good Enough” : How can we remember to be optimistic when life starts to spiral downhill? Reminding ourselves that a current suffering is only temporary allows us to work through the difficult state without holding ourselves there or drawing more sickness to us.
“I’m Just a ______(student, kid, etc)” : Often, we’re pressured to grow up quickly and rush through each of life’s processes. Next time you feel less than what others think you should be, ask yourself the best parts of being “just a ____” and pat yourself on the back for all the hard work it took to get there.
This week, try Seibel’s vocab cleanse to start feeling empowered.
Bill Ringle is a CEO, former Apple exec, published author, and angel investor. Through Grow Business Now, he offers strategies and tools to elevate growth for executives and entrepreneurs from more than 46 industries. Bill has conducted nearly 200 podcast interviews on My Quest for the Best, where industry and business leaders share their secrets to success.