So many comments were made on this blog when it was first posted in September of 2009. The majority of you said that you were going to work on eliminating the ten words from your vocabulary. I became quite curious a few days ago when I sat down to write. As I scrolled down the list of the numerous blogs I have written since 2009, I came to this one,and I began to wonder how many of you who made comments had actually taken action to delete all, most, or some (any?) of the words from your vocabulary.
Here is the article as it appeared in 2009.

Words are powerful because they shape our thoughts, determine our actions, and chart the course of our lives. This is true whether the words are positive, giving hope and encouragement, or negative utterances that steal our joy and confidence.

Wherever we are in our lives, personal relationships, or careers, the words we have used consistently are partly responsible. This fact should prompt us to become more aware of our words, and when needed, to change them so that we begin to get the results we really desire.

Recently, during a particularly challenging period, I discovered that I was using some of the following words far too often to get the favorable results I sought.
1. Can't- The use of this word is primarily responsible for countless hopes and dreams lying dormant on the "drawing boards" of our lives.
Completely eliminate your use of this word and you will see a significant positive change in your life.

2. But- When used as a conjunction, "but" negates whatever statement that precedes it. " I want to study law,but it will take a lot of hard work". Your mind does not focus on your desire to become a lawyer or judge; it only sees the hard work you will need to perform. Replace "but" with "and".

3. Should- Any statement that uses the word "should" generally elicits guilt. " I should go to the gym," makes you feel guilty for not going. Replace this word with "choose", as in, " I choose to go to the gym, or I choose not to go to the gym today".

4. Maybe- This word indicates indecision, doubt, or uncertainty as to a course of action. For example, "Maybe I'd better wait to"...
For those of us interested in personal development, "maybe" should be used very sparingly. Use " I will" or "I will not" instead of maybe. The mere sound of the more positive words emits feelings of confidence and resolve which are so important to our personal well-being.

5. Soon or Later- Both are indefinite references to time. They are also non-committal.They should be replaced with a definite time and date. When someone tells you he or she is going to do something "soon" or "later",there is no way to determine when whatever it is will get done. Imagine what could happen to deadlines and your integrity when these words are used frequently.

6. Someday- Someday, like soon or later, is much too indefinite,and when it is used, it shows the same lack of commitment.Replace "someday" with a specific date and time.

7. Never- This word is absolute, and there are limited situations when "never" is absolutely true. The use of the word, in my opinion, suggests a closed mind, which seriously hinders our self-growth efforts. The word "never" must be replaced with a non-absolute term.

8. Won't- The word "won't" implies an unwillingness, reluctance, or closed mindedness, and like the absolute term "never", it is quite harmful because it closes the door on many of the actions we need to take to reach our goals.

9. If- This small word carries large doubts and uncertainties, and when used often, it gnaws at our confidence and intended actions, two qualities necessary for any type of success.

10.Try or (I'll try)- I don't know about you, but each time someone has said these words to me, or the few times that I have used them in conversations, whatever the subject of "I'll try" was, rarely, if ever,got done. Replace " I'll try" with "I will".

So, how did you do? Have you deleted all, most, or some of these dream busters from your vocabulary? If so, wonderful! Keep growing without them, but if you have not been as successful as you would like to be, start deleting them now, and see what positive results follow.

I'd love to hear from you on this.

Author's Bio: 

Barbara J Henry is an award winning former high school educator who taught English in the Chicago Public School System for several years. Her first book,'Journaling: Twenty Plus Reasons Why You Should Start Now',highlights some of the many advantages of daily writing.
'Coming Full Circle', Barbara's second book, is an anthology of her original poems, as well as selected prayers and quotes of people from around the world.The poems,prayers and quotes promote hope, faith, and personal growth.
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