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Words that work for you

29 Aug 2008 | Personal Productivity

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.  ~Mark Twain

Words can be so powerful – not just in how we communicate to others, but also in how we perceive things ourselves.

The wrong word can leave you stuck, uninspired and de-motivated, where as the right word can open doors of possibility, get you off your backside and charging right through them.

I came across a post on Linda Dessau’s blog the other day, where she refers to scheduled delivery dates rather than deadlines, and how that puts her in a different frame of mind to get on with the task in hand.

Which reminded me of a fellow coach, who once told me about a client who takes regular walks for ‘headspace’ rather than exercise.

Likewise, a client of mine, who was procrastinating over making first contact by telephone (even to warm leads), overcame his mental block when he changed his perspective to “friends I’ve yet to meet”.

What about you? What are you procrastinating over? Where do you feel stuck? What can’t you stand the thought of, in spite of all logic and good reason?

How else could you see it? Try some other words on for size.

2 Comments

  1. Linda Dessau

    Hi Grace,
    Thanks for mentioning my blog post. I love your idea about the reframe of cold calls to “friends I’ve yet to meet” – that’s such a joyous approach!
    Best wishes,
    Linda

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  2. Michael Davis

    Words are surely very powerful, it helps a lot when talking to people or convincing other people to do this or that. There are better words to use that will help a lot so explore other words.

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