This month I am focusing on a lot of perspective. As I am talking to, working with and partnering with Entrepreneurs, business owners and corporations, I am finding that the word “Hope” continues to arise. We are a society that believes that the word Hope is a positive, enlightening word. It is, when used in the right context or situation. However, it can be a bit dangerous when we use it otherwise and often, hope can actually hold you back. Let’s explore.
What does Hope even mean?
The definition of hope is “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” Let’s repeat, “A feeling or desire.” Can you build a business on a feeling or desire? My answer would be no. Hope may be what got you started, but certainly won’t get you to the finish line. You can Hope (and maybe even pray) that Hope will help build your business but don’t expect results from this mindset. Hope doesn’t land meetings, develop projects, run the numbers or build relationships. Its good, honest roll-up your sleeves hard, smart, strategic work that gets it done.
Our Words Are Powerful
You may have heard this before, but it is so important, I will say it again, “Our words are powerful.” Being mindful of self-talk can take you to the next level or send you backward. You set the pace on what, when, and why you want to achieve anything. Choosing the right words is just as important as setting a realistic goal, establishing a budget or developing the right relationships.
Stop Hoping and Start Doing
Awareness is key to stop the self-sabotage and start setting yourself up for success. Below I have listed some words to avoid and what to replace them with to stop hoping and start doing!
Avoid saying: I hope
Start Saying: I know
Avoid saying: I wish
Start Saying: I will
Avoid saying: I will try
Start Saying: I will do
Avoid saying: I can’t
Start Saying: I can or I will learn
Avoid saying: I don’t know
Start Saying: I will find out
Avoid saying: I want
Start Saying: I will get
The list can go on and on. See the difference? See the power in your words? The change in just one word can change your belief, your attitude, your mindset, your will and drive to go out in the world and get it done. Make it happen. Accomplish what you set out to do.
Yes, there is hope in the world, and hope is good. When it comes to your business, as Yoda would say, “There is no try, only do.”
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