7 Phrases Successful People Would Never Say

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Have you ever noticed that successful people not only do things in a certain way, but also say things in a certain way?   

Success leaves a pattern.  Success is a habit.   

Whether you are an engineer, sales professional or an entrepreneur, if you want to be successful, you want to pay attention to the words you use.      

I want to you get rid of those disempowering words from your vocabulary, words that successful people would never say

1. This is probably a stupid question

There is no stupid question.  Stop discrediting yourself.  Don’t make emotional self-judgments for others.   Don’t give people a chance to negate what would say next.   

2.  You probably don’t have time for this

If you want people to pay attention and make time for you, stop saying this!  Just say what you want to say and let them decide if they have time for you or not. 

3. I was just going to say that

You either did say it or you did not.  This phrase gives absolutely no value or meaning to your communication.   

4. I can’t…

If you are committed to something, you “can” do it.  You may not know how to do it, but it doesn’t mean you can’t.  If you don’t want to or don’t know how to do certain things, just say it.  Stop saying you can’t.  Have you ever heard people say: “Can I go to the bathroom?” What would you say? 

5. I try… 

Try means you don’t want to commit.  Try means it is okay not to do it.  You either do it or you don’t.  Don’t try. Just do it. 

6.  But…

If you believe in something, don’t add the “but” at the end.  The word “but” negates everything you say prior to the word, “but”.  Instead, use the word “and”.  

7. I hope…

Take responsibility to your own success.  You know things will happen if you are 100% committed to do it.   Don’t hope for things to happen.  What your mind believe and conceive, it can achieve.

Think About This…

How often do you say these disempowering words?

Just Do This…

How about you commit to stop saying these words for the next couple of weeks?  You will notice the difference.  I am very sure.  

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55 Responses to “7 Phrases Successful People Would Never Say”

  1. OneYearGoal.com - $100,000 online on 16 Jul 2007 at 9:25 am

    Edit is right. Confidence is key in business and in life. If you don’t take what you have to say seriously, nobody else would.

    One Man. One Year. $100,000 online. How’s he doing it?

  2. A on 16 Jul 2007 at 2:35 pm

    I love these reminders. I often catch myself in the midst of saying some of these, then think how unprofessional they come out to sound…

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  6. Peter on 18 Jul 2007 at 9:53 am

    Edith, that’s a great post. Attitude is such a big part of success.

    Here is something I posted about attitude:

    The remarkable rise, fall, and rise of billionaire Bill Bartmann. If life has kicked you in the stomach and you need some inspiration, listen to Bartmann speak candidly about starting life as a ragamuffin and becoming the 25th wealthiest man in America. Few successful people are this honest about their ups and downs in life.

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  9. Dave on 18 Jul 2007 at 9:34 pm

    I also have the tendency to say some of these things at times, especially when I’m not sure of something. After reading this I’ll be more conscious of what I say.

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  15. on 19 Jul 2007 at 7:49 pm

    Excellent post! I didn’t think there actually WERE seven phrases that successful people would not say, but thinking about my own choices, the choices of other people I know who I consider successful, this is definitely true. I think one of the main ideas behind success is that it starts with losing the habit of negating yourself, putting yourself down, or generally just not being confident. Everything starts with thought, everything starts with belief.

    Inspiring. 2 kudos for you. =]

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  27. on 23 Jul 2007 at 10:01 pm

    Edith, that is a great list, and here’s an addition:

    It’s not fair!


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    Chris,

    Thanks for the addition. “It’s not fair” is a great one!

    Edith

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  33. Matt on 26 Jul 2007 at 4:57 am

    Wow, I never realized how many times a day I start a sentence with one of those ‘disempowering words’. Great post - it really got me thinking! :P

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  51. Patch on 31 Aug 2007 at 6:57 pm

    Good advice. My boss uses all 7 of them on a daily basis.

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