These words…oh boy. These words. I’m not going to propose we BAN them but I do think they should be used as little as possible. These words have a way of diminishing whatever words they are around. For example:
I’m just doing the 5K.
I ran but it wasn’t far.
I only did a four reps.
Do you see what I mean?
Why is it that we feel like we have to under state our accomplishments?
I know this is a message you hear all the time but there’s a reason. It needs to be said. We need to be reminded that comparison is a bad road to go down. In some cases, it has a way of stifling your desire and motivation. We are all different. Different body types, different fitness levels, different personalities and motivations. Any and all accomplishments are amazing if you worked hard to achieve them.
By using these words, we sell ourselves short and that is tragic. What? Seem like a strong word to use? That’s because I want to get the point across:
goals die when self-confidence dies and that usually happens when doubt happens
Next time you’re talking, pay attention to how often you say those words and how much stronger your statements are (and there by your convictions) when you take them out.
Next time your dreaming, setting goals, or doing anything from the heart, do it whole-heartedly and don’t stop short. Be sure to check out the three things you will never hear me say.
Consider this my personal challenge to you this week and come back and report your findings.
- How many times did you use these words?
- Did you take them out?
- How did you feel when DIDN’T say them?