Someone says, I have a problem when they could just as easily have said, I have an opportunity.
Problem versus opportunity. Which is the more empowering use of language?
I used to find myself habitually saying I’ll try before some task or activity: I’ll try to get to the gym today. I’ll try to find time to call the insurance broker.
Once I consciously started saying “I will”, I noticed a definite uptick in follow through.
I love subtleties of language and how a single word shapes our view of the world.
- Setbacks become challenges.
- Have to becomes get to.
- Complaints become requests.
- Reactions become responses.
Choose your words carefully. They really do have power.
Are you taking your words for granted and disempowering yourself in the process?