It’s a new year! If you’re looking for a quick way to improve your life in the next 12 months, why not try banning these two phrases from your vocabulary?
It’s officially the new year. Hopefully you’ve completed your annual review and have a shiny set of goals to accomplish in the next 12 months.
If you’re looking for something a little simpler, however, try this: strike some useless — even harmful — phrases from your vocabulary.
This suggestion comes from Joel Runyon, founder of the IMPOSSIBLE blog. In a recent post, he shared two specific phrases he’s eliminated from his speech — and that you should, too.
The two phrases you should ban from your vocabulary
“I’m bored” and “I can’t.”
When’s the last time you said either of these phrases? Did it make you feel better, or help you in any way? Probably not.
So we agree with Runyon: “I’m bored” and “I can’t” are two phrases Brazenites should never say. As he points out:
“We live in a 7 billion person, 193 level video game in stunning HD with countless adventures, challenges and quests to go on where you get a stunning amount of control over your character. If you’re bored, you need to… push yourself to live a better story.”
If you’re bored at work, consider a career change; if you’re bored in your free time, start a side hustle; if you’re bored of your surroundings, take a break to travel the world.
As for “I can’t,” Runyon says: “Most people forget that they can still learn things after 22 years old. Guess what – it might be harder, but you can.”
When it comes to careers, there are a multitude of resources for expanding your knowledge and skill set: find a mentor, take an online course, or attend a conference.
Really, the world is full of possibility. Make that clear to yourself by banning these two phrases in the new year — and beyond.
Are there any other phrases that you think should be banned from our vocabulary?
Susan Shain (@TravlJunkette) is a travel blogger who loves helping people discover adventure through international travel or alternative careers.