Your Challenge: Can You Give Up 3 Words? [123]

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We all say things that we don’t really mean.

We all say things that aren’t really good for us.

We all say things that don’t make much sense.

We can all learn to speak more honestly, optimistically and effectively.

A couple of years ago, I read something that really stuck with me. It was about giving up words that you don’t like and that you don’t want to say anymore because they are negative, misleading or simply sound like shit. I challenged myself to give up the words “hard”, “stressed” and “need”. If you always say it’s hard, it will be. If you think you’re stressed…you are. We also don’t “need” anything except for air, water and some good clean food (and maybe a barbell and an iphone…joke).

If I catch myself saying one of those words, I literally change my statement and remember that I don’t like the way any of those words sound when others say them so frequently. Those words don’t sound optimistic or helpful, and once you speak them, you begin to believe them. That creates an ugly, viscous cycle.  I also work on keeping “hate”, “should” and “busy” out of my vocab.

Here’s your challenge:

  • Decide which 3 words you want to give up and know WHY you want to give them up. Write them down, comment below and start to change the way you speak. 
  • When you give up words that bring you down or are negative, you’ll improve the way you think. When you do this, you’ll begin to influence those around you. If you want more amazing things to happen in your WODs, performances and life…constantly look for ways to improve the way you speak.


Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where I will talk more about how to do this

17 comments for “Your Challenge: Can You Give Up 3 Words? [123]

  1. Ryan
    June 11, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    “Must”, “Hard”, “Can’t”

  2. Jeremy
    June 12, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Can’t, hard, don’t

  3. Scott
    June 12, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Sucks, Doubt, Maybe

  4. June 14, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Love the words guys – damn good choices

  5. Evan
    June 14, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    “Hard”, “Stressed”, “Can’t”

  6. September 4, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    difficult, can’t, probably

  7. Tara
    May 15, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Sucks, can’t, hard!

  8. June 23, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Stressed. I use that word so many times a day I thinks it counts as 3 words!

  9. Danni
    October 10, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Stressed, can’t, and suck.

    • October 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      I like those Danni! I have eliminated them too

  10. jen
    February 19, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Perfect, always, why

  11. amanda
    June 1, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    TRY…IF.. HARD…

  12. Melody
    June 2, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    stressed, annoying, tired

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