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Change One Word and Feel Better Immediately

Written By: Catherine Morgan | 4 Comments

As you’re thinking about the things you would like to change over the upcoming year, I’d like to add one suggestion. It’s a very simple thing, but can make a big difference over time.

It’s easy to get stuck in the mindset of the grind of your business. It’s easy to feel a little worn down and succumb to the fact that running a business is just plain hard.

However, it’s no secret that I think we make it harder on ourselves than it has to be. I covered one strategy that can help you lighten up here on Business Unplugged in “Magic Wand for Entrepreneurs.” (Some of my clients have quoted me back to myself on this, which is always fun.)

Today, I want to point out some language you may be using that isn’t helpful. When you say you “have” to do something, it usually isn’t in reference to something you are going to particularly enjoy.

You might say I have to take the car to the shop or I have to go get a physical. When you say you have to, the energetic feeling is heavy. Ugh.

Having to do something can even make you feel resentful, or like a sulky teenager.

Instead of using “have to” – what if you replaced it with “get to”?

Many small business owners dread writing and sending out their newsletter. It always takes more time to create than you think, and it can feel like you’re taking time away from the “important” tasks.

But, what if instead of thinking I have to send my newsletter out today, you think I GET to send my newsletter out today?

Get to sounds like it might be fun. This sets up the intention that you might receive some nice responses or an inquiry about working with you – or maybe even a sale! Every now and then, I get a thank-you note from someone who needed to hear a topic I covered in my newsletter, and that feels really good.

Instead of thinking I have to invoice my clients today think I GET to invoice my clients today. It’s actually kind of a wonderful thing because it means you:

  1. Have clients
  2. Will be getting some money soon

Being paid for doing great work is always a good thing in my book.

I have been spending a lot of time thinking about mindset and how it affects our success and professional enjoyment. On the job search side of my business, I can tell you that maintaining a good attitude and energy level is at least half the battle when looking for a job.

I don’t think it’s any different for small business owners. We throw ourselves into a world of uncertainty. There are no guarantees, and in fact, the statistics for success are quite sobering.

So, what if we could swap one little word in our inner dialog and not only feel more energized, but also have more fun?

It’s certainly worth a try. I’d love to hear if it works for you.

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Catherine Morgan is the editor of Business Unplugged ™, an engaging speaker, and the founder of Point A to Point B Transitions Inc., a virtual provider of coaching services to individuals who are in business or career transition. Catherine is the author of the eBook Re-Launch You: Discovering Your Point B and Embracing Possibility. An experienced independent consultant and former employee of three of the former Big Five consulting firms, Catherine combines strategy development with accountability coaching. Her productivity tips and career transition advice have been featured on WGN AM 720 and WIND AM 560 The Answer in Chicago, and on WCHE AM 1520 in the Philadelphia area. Catherine speaks frequently on topics related to productivity, career transition, small business, and entrepreneurship. She doesn’t take herself seriously, but takes her subject matter very seriously.
  • Donna Richardson

    It’s all in our perspective. One small change that can have a big impact. Getting to rather than having to…I love it!

  • Interesting, Catherine.

    Especially, since I added the following phrase (last month) to my business card holder-which is always within view as I’m facing my 2 screens:

    “I get to do this.”

    The Franchise King®

  • Catherine Morgan

    Thanks, Joel! It’s made a huge difference for me.

  • Catherine Morgan

    Thanks, Donna. Glad you enjoyed it. I’m a fan of small things that make a big difference.