Eliminate Maybe From Your Vocabulary
When it comes to making decisions you should always answer with a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.
You either will do the thing or you won’t do the thing, I’m not telling you to be a yes man – no is one of the most powerful words there is and you should protect your time.
If you don’t want to do something say no.
If the thing aligns with your goals say yes.
Maybe is a BS word.
Maybe is a waste of time.
Maybe, might, possibly… every variation of the word that isn’t a clear cut answer or commitment should be eliminated from your vocabulary.
Don’t be afraid to tell people ‘no’, if you don’t want to attend an event that you’d consider a waste of time or that’s counterproductive to your goals then say so, it’s far worse to constantly string someone along with the word maybe.
Eliminate Maybe From Your Internal Conversations
We’re not just talking about eliminating the word maybe from your vocabulary when talking to friends, family or colleagues in person or via messenger, we’re talking about eliminating the word maybe from your internal conversations.
You will no longer say “I might try and beat my bench press 1RM tomorrow”
“I’m gonna possibly look at starting a new website on the weekend”
“I’m thinking about going to _____’s networking event”
By saying maybe you give yourself the out if when the time comes you’re not ‘feeling it’.
Weak people base their decision on how they feel, strong individuals base their decisions on their values.
I value fitness so I say yes and commit to training even when I don’t feel like it.
By removing the word we’re increasing our discipline.
We no longer have a cop out because we no longer have the ability to partially commit to the thing. From now on if you say yes you must follow through with it, but as mentioned you don’t have to say yes to everything.
People will try to steal your time.
You wouldn’t let them steal a $100 bill out of your pocket, but you so easily allow them to steal an hour or two of your time.
You can make another $100, you cannot create more time.
Eliminating That 1 Word Can Change Your Life
Some of you may find this article quite trivial, thinking that simply by removing 1 word from your vocabulary won’t do a thing for the quality of your life, your discipline or the amount of success you have in life.
Try it for 1 month.
Tell yourself with certainty…
I am going to go to the gym tomorrow and continue to transform my physique.
I am going to finish keyword research for that new product I’ve been wanting to launch.
I am not going to watch the game on Sunday because I’ve got more productive things to do than continue to drink and stare at a screen with the guys week in week out for years.