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We are hoarding potentials so great that they are just about unimaginable.
-- Jack Schwartz


Saturday, April 29, 2000

Words make a difference

Sometimes a simple change in wording can make a world of difference. Consider the word “but.” Sticking a “but” on the end of your stated intentions effectively cancels them out. Think of the times you’ve heard yourself saying things such as “I need to get in better shape, but I can’t find the time to exercise."

Rather than “but” consider what would happen if you substituted “because.” “I need to get in better shape because it will give me much more energy.” Add even more power with the word “so.” “I need to get in better shape because it will give me much more energy, so I will re-arrange my schedule to provide time for a regular work-out.” Notice how the use of those two simple words, because and so, can compel you to change your whole outlook on the situation, to go from making excuses to making positive progress.

When talking to yourself or to others, the words you choose to use can make an enormous difference. Look for ways to make your language more consistently positive, and your attitude will follow suit. It will have a positive effect on your actions and ultimately on the quality of results you achieve.

— Ralph Marston

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