Comedian George Carlin famously spoke about the "seven words you can
never say on television,” but the following seven seemingly innocuous
words/phrases might be even worse. To say them is almost like dousing
your goals, hopes and dreams with sulfuric acid.
Creating a better life is hard work! It takes little effort to
maintain the status quo, but if you have a dream of making more money,
getting a promotion, starting a business, becoming healthier, or
improving your relationships, you’re going to need as much support as
you can get. Strike these seven deadly words/phrases from you lexicon
1. When. This is a filthy word when it comes to improving your life. It sounds like this . . . "When I lose 10 pounds
I’ll start dating again. When I’m a little older I’ll go for that
promotion. When I complete my degree I’ll start that side-business.”
Most of the time, our "whens” just don’t happen, or if they do, they
take so long that we’ve forgotten what it was we wanted in the first
place. "When” is rarely necessary, but just to be sure, ask yourself
this: "Would it be illegal, unethical or immoral to start now?” If the
answer is no, don’t wait for when.
2. Someday. There’s nothing wrong with having a
"someday” list of things you want to do and places you want to go, but
when you find that your "today” list is empty, you’d best start moving
some of your future goals into the present. Someday is such a deceptive
word. It makes you feel good by proclaiming you’ll someday achieve
something, but months, years, and even decades can pass and you may find
that your someday is still a long way away.
3. Willpower. According to behavior change expert Dr. BJ Fogg
of the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab, "Imagine willpower doesn’t
exist. That’s step number one to a better future.” The problem with
willpower is that most people either think they have it or they don’t.
They’ll say, "Well, of course I ordered the double-fudge sundae. What
did you expect from someone who doesn’t have any willpower?” Your genes
determine the color of your eyes, NOT whether you order dessert.
4. Want/Wish/Hope. Don’t be a wimp! Stop wanting, wishing,
and hoping to do something or for something to happen. If you want more
control over your fate, you must take more responsibility for your
actions and their outcomes. Don’t sit around expecting change to arrive
in your mailbox. It takes a decision and it takes action, not wishful
5. Not good enough. How can a phrase with "good” in
it be so bad? These three simple words will keep you from hitting the
publish button, making that important phone call, or trying out for the
audition. The solution? Flip it around. Instead of "This isn’t good
enough…”, change it to "It’s not perfect but it’s good enough.” Don’t
wait for everything to be perfect. Just put it out there and see what
happens. For more insight into this, listen to my interview on
RicherLife.com with Peter Sims as we discuss his book, Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge From Small Discoveries.
6. I don’t have the time. The same guy who doesn’t
have time to go to the gym with you after work will miraculously be able
to free up an entire evening if you present him with free Laker’s
basketball tickets. It may feel like you don’t have time,
but with some focus and pruning of non-essential commitments (e.g.,
TV), you can free up 20 minutes to two hours every night to work on
those actions that will help you create a better life.
7. It’s not the right time. If not now, when? No,
really? If you are waiting for the stars to align, it’s not going to
happen. Instead of waiting for the right time, shift your thinking and
look for the least worst time to get started.
Think back to an achievement or goal you’ve accomplished. It took
vision, dedication, and perseverance. Not excuses. Stop castrating your
future with these seven deadly words/phrases and start working toward a richer life.