#51: No More
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
There are two words, among many, I believe we should eliminate from our conversations and our writings -- "only" and "just."
Think about how limiting these two words are. "I only walked for half an hour." "I'm just a bookkeeper."
We need to learn to show more pride in what we do. Consider adding "proud" to your vocabulary instead. "I'm proud that I walked for half an hour." "I'm proud to be a bookkeeper."
Which do you say of your young daughter acting in a play? "She's just the tree." Or, "I'm proud of her. She's the tree."
Or how about your son who made the school's football team. "He's only a backup fullback." Or, "I'm proud of him for making the team as the backup fullback."
Whatever we describe and how we describe it to ourselves and others reflects either our negative or our positive attitude. We want to eliminate as many negatives from our thinking as possible and add in more positives.
"I have just worked here for three months" or "I'm proud to say I've worked here for three months."
"I've only got two children" or "I'm proud to say I have a daughter and a son."
"I've only lost three pounds" or "I'm proud that I've lost three pounds."
I believe we can bring more positive forces into our lives by simply eliminating the use of "only" and "just." It may take some time to become conscious of using these self-limiting words but eventually we can if we remember to use the word "proud" instead.
I'm proud to say I am going to work to delete these words from my thinking. Will you join me?