Your word usage makes an impression upon people and impacts your mood and motivation. We always encourage our students to practice positive attitudes, and as their instructors, it is important that we hold ourselves to the same standard.
In Extreme Health Radios’ 7 Words to Remove From Your Vocabulary by Justin Stellman, the following Disempowering versus Empowering Phrases are listed:
Instead of SHOULD, say: Choose, Desire, Want, Could
Instead of NEED TO, say: Choose To, Want To, Desire To
Instead of HAVE TO, say: Desire To
Instead of CAN’T, say: Am Not Willing To, Choose Not To
Instead of ALWAYS/NEVER, say: Sometimes, Often, Seldom
Instead of MUST, say: Choose, Desire
Instead of BUT, say:And
Instead of TRY, say:Intend, Aim, Will, Can, Commit To
Instead of NAH/NOPE, say: No
Instead of YEAH/UH-HUH, say: Yes
Instead of JUST/ ONLY, say:I Am
Instead of YOU MAKE ME, say:I Feel, I Am
Instead of PROBLEM, say:Opportunity, Challenge
You will be amazed at how a slight vocabulary shift can work wonders for your communication abilityand projected/perceived outlook!