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Eliminating ‘Shit Words’ That Do Not Serve

Today I want to dive into a topic that’s been burning on my mind – the power of language and how certain words can either propel us toward success or hold us back. In this blog post, I’m going to take you on a journey through a recent talk I had, where I emphasized the importance of eliminating what I like to call “shit words” from our vocabulary. These words can be real stumbling blocks on the road to reaching our full potential. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and get ready to retrain our brains to use language that serves us.

Sharpening the Saw and Beginning with the End in Mind: I want to kick things off by sharing a couple phrases that have had a significant impact on my life, and it’s from Stephen R. Covey’s book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” There are two habits in particular that really resonate with me: “sharpening the saw” and “beginning with the end in mind.”

  • Sharpening the Saw: This habit emphasizes the importance of continuous self-improvement. Just like a saw needs to be sharpened to cut effectively, we too must invest in self-growth to operate at our best.
  • Beginning with the End in Mind: This habit is all about setting clear goals and visualizing the results you want to achieve. It’s about having a vision for your future and aligning your actions with that vision.

The Power of Words: Now, let’s get into the core of what I talked about – the profound impact of the words we use every day. Our internal dialogue shapes our character and ultimately determines our destiny. Some words are just not serving us well, and I’m here to shed some light on them.

  1. Busy: First up, the word “busy.” It’s a term we often use to describe our lives, but is it really a badge of honor? I firmly believe that being busy isn’t the same as being productive. It’s crucial to ask ourselves whether our busyness is moving us closer to our goals or if it’s just a distraction.

It’s all about finding that balance between hard work and taking necessary breaks. I’ve learned that even a good rest can be productive. So, let’s stop glorifying busyness and focus on real productivity.

  1. I Can’t, I Won’t, I Don’t: The next set of “shit words” we need to kick to the curb are “I can’t, I won’t, I don’t.” I have zero interest in hearing about what we can’t or won’t do. Instead, let’s shift our focus to what we can do, even if we don’t do it perfectly.

The key is to take action and learn from our experiences. It’s all about adopting an “I can” attitude and being open to growth. Remember, it’s not about what we can’t do; it’s about what we can achieve, even if it’s a bit rough around the edges.

Conclusion: In a world filled with distractions and excuses, I want you to realize that the choice of words is an incredibly powerful tool. By eliminating “shit words” from our vocabulary, we can transform our mindset and, in turn, our actions, leading to personal and professional success.

So, as we wrap up this blog post, I encourage you to take my advice and start banishing those “shit words” from your life. Make room for more productivity, growth, and success. Remember, it’s not about what you can’t do; it’s about what you can do and achieve. It’s time to harness the true power of your language and watch your life transform. Thanks for joining me today, I’ll see you next week!

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Andy Weins

Andy Weins is a fourth-generation entrepreneur, Veteran of the U.S. Army, and speaker. Through consulting, teaching, podcasting, and writing, he is an enthusiastic supporter of Veterans, entrepreneurs, community engagement, individual empowerment, and the environment.

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