There is no doubt that language is a powerful tool. It can alter perceptions, affect relationships, and determine the limits of what we understand or consider possible. So, it behooves us to pay attention to how we speak - in public, in private, and especially within our own minds.
There are several four-letter words considered off-limits in polite company. Using them in the wrong setting might negatively impact your relationships. So, avoiding those is wise and even admirable.
There are other four-letter words that are more worrisome, though - especially if they are used mindlessly. Used inappropriately, they could negatively impact what is possible for your health and well-being.
Here are three "F-Bombs" that you might want to rethink:
- FINE — Are you really? (Or are you settling?) What would make you FLOURISH?
- FEAR — Considered rightly, fear can a great tool. Rather than avoiding it, consider using it to deepen your self-awareness.
- FAIL — Embracing failure creates opportunities for growth. Avoiding it keeps us small. So be willing to fail big!
Here's more about reframing these three powerful four-letter words:
What about you? How do these words fit in your vocabulary? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!