Success is not something that can be accomplished overnight. It takes a lot of hard work, time and sheer dedication. Every successful leader, entrepreneur or idealist has had their own unique journey as they strove for what they believed in and proved to society that anyone can break free from the chains they think are holding them back. Although each of them had different a different path, their destination was the same: success.
There are many factors which tie these successful individuals together, one of them being how they grew and matured along the journey. To become a successful entrepreneur you need to start becoming aware of your language and how you think. No matter how you define your success, your words will help in clearing the vision into reality. There are quite a few words which can cause considerable damage to your reputation and self-belief. It can eventually threaten your success.
Here are some phrases you’ll never hear a successful person say:
Successful people are risk-takers, yes-sayers, and fear-shakers. They’ll stand up to any situation, and won’t ever say no if it’s something they’re passionate about. They won’t take no for an answer – and certainly won’t say no to any potential opportunity for growth.
2. “I hate my job”
One highly-admired quality in successful people is that they are never too opinionated about their job or workplace, irrespective of what they might be doing at any point in life. Even if they are in a situation which is uncomfortable or are surrounded with negative energy, they always avoid statements like the above. These negative elements do nothing but slow you down in your journey to achieve success. Instead of insulting a person, the job or the company, they seek to resolve issue with proper facts, tactics and complete neutrality.
3. ‘’It’s impossible’’ or ‘’I cannot do it’’
These words are not only demotivating but also pessimistic and tend to lower the confidence of an individual. People who are successful know that there are innumerable roadblocks on the road to success. Barriers may impede their progress, but never stop them.
They either have to remove the obstacle or find out a plan to get over it. Words like ‘’can’t’’ or ‘’impossible’’ never loom in their minds. Rather than giving up under tough circumstances, they come up with alternative ways to get the work done. They emphasize on words such as ‘’ I am sure that there is another…,’’ ‘’what I can do is’’ and similar words that reveal positive alternative
4. ‘’I could have’’ or ‘’I should have’’
Words such as ‘could’, ‘should’ and ‘ought to’ stands for feelings such as blame, regret and fault finding. People who are successful don’t live in the past. Nor do they regret any decision that they might have taken at a point of time in their lives. What makes them stand apart from the rest is that they regard failure as a learning experience that helps them gain.
At the same time, they refrain from using words like ‘You could have’ or ‘You should have’. Accusing others or finding fault in others adds to negativity. It can never help one in achieving goals. A more understanding tone can usher people and coax them to cooperate.
5. “I can do it myself”
Successful people surround themselves with people who can work together as a team, and often don’t take on the role of doing everything themselves. A successful person (generally) knows that trying to do everything on their own means they’ll just slow down the entire process.
6. “I give up”
Giving up never crosses a successful person’s mind. Yes, they might come across a few failures in their life – but it’s never seen as giving up. Failure is not the same as giving up. They may fail at one thing, but quickly move onto the next.
7. ‘’It’s unfair’’
Someone else got a raise, you didn’t. He was recognized, but you were ignored. Some other department received funding, but yours didn’t. Partiality happens on the work front across industries on a daily basis. People who are successful are proactive rather than reactive. Instead of complaining and showing anger, they take necessary action. They document the facts related to the issue, build a case and present a valid argument to the person or department. Rather than complaining about existing problems, they try to find solutions for the same.
8. ‘’ I don’t need any type of help’’
This one-man army type attitude may suit the hero of any action film, but it doesn’t really work in the workplace. You might feel that you can handle an entire project on your own, but teamwork is a must. Being able to work with others as a part of a team is the key strength of any good leader. You are not likely to reach the top position in the organizational hierarchy if you are too individualistic.
9. ‘’ I like my own idea’’
Have you come across people at your office who have an unusually high opinion about their own ideas? That is a mark of selfishness and that reflects a person’s inability to follow the team objective. It can also prove to be disastrous. People who like and promote their own ideas are seriously detrimental to the success of a team. They think about building a business by never accepting any idea from others. Cooperation also helps in the growth of a company.
10. ‘’ I don’t need to know your point of view’’
This is something that people commonly say when they don’t want to work as a part of a team. Human beings evolved and survived because of their ability to work in a team. Anyone who compromises on this trait will never succeed.
Such individuals are not open to new ideas. Projects come to a standstill and fail when people within the team refuse to accept the viewpoints of others. When someone comes and states that he doesn’t require any type of input from anyone, the person has already decided not to be a part of the team’s success. This is not an acceptable attitude in a prospective employee.
11. “That’s too early”
The key to entrepreneurship is showing up every single day.
If sleep is more important to you than a Webinar or a interview opportunity that could impact your business and change your life, you may want to think twice about this journey.
12. I’M SORRY, I’M TOO BUSY”
When opportunities arise, Entrepreneurs will do whatever it takes to make it happen.
This might mean some longs nights or super early mornings but if you truly want it you will make it happen.
13. “I’M NOT GOOD ENOUGH”
Part of being successful is having a valued sense of self worth which is acquired through daily personal development reading and audios.
Believing in yourself and your ability to achieve all that you desire.
14. “I DON’T READ BOOKS”
The most successful CEOs are reported to read an average of 60 books and attend more than six conferences per year. The average American worker reads an average of less than one book and makes 319 times less income.
Success leaves clues……
Sometimes to get to where you want to be, the best and easiest thing to do is to simply model other successful leaders.
What phrases are you going to eliminate from your day-to-day conversations and thinking?