As part of a consistent “Glass Half Full” approach, sometimes it’s the words we DON’T use that are more important than the ones we do. In developing my philosophy of “Half-Fullism” I’ve found that these 5 are the ones that I take the greatest care to avoid:
- “Never” – This one is just too finite for me; as I’ve said before, negative absolutes like these box you in, and if used too often, can turn someone into an outright pessimist.
- “Nice” – Just too imprecise of a word; I dislike it so much I “banned” it from my vocabulary.
- “Impossible” – An optimist just can’t say this and still be called an optimist (can they?)
- “Can’t” – There’s a story behind this one; my old boss used to have a poster on his wall that said this: “It can’t be done”……”It can’t be done”……..”It can’t be done”…….”It can’t be done”……………...”It’s done”. This boss literally drilled “can’t” out of me, and I’m grateful that he did.
- “Hate” – Maybe my least favorite word of all; probably because I appreciate the opposite word so much. Am I too Pollyannish to believe in love and the essential goodness of people? I certainly hope not.
What about you – what are the words that you try most to avoid?
(this post originally appeared on RFGHF on January 22, 2007, just in case you had read this before and has a little case of deja vu) 🙂