Problems vs. Solutions: problem versus opportunity

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?