20 Awesome Things to Say That Will Radically Improve Yourself (Part 2)
Let’s continue with the rest 10 more things you would say! (browse for previous post HERE)
“I’m the king of the world!”
According to Harvard professor Amy Cuddy, two minutes of power posing — standing tall, holding your arms out or towards the sky, or standing like Superman with your hands on hips — will dramatically increase your confidence.
Try it right before you step into the next situation where you know you’ll feel nervous, insecure, or intimidated. (Just make sure no one is watching.) It may sound strange… but it definitely works.
You’re busy. Your plate is full. There are plenty of reasons to sit tight, stay safe, keep things as they are. But that also means tomorrow will be just like today. Say yes to something different. Say yes to something scary. Say yes to the opportunity you’re most afraid of. When you say yes, you’re really saying, “I trust myself.” Trust yourself.
Still, you can’t do everything. You can’t help everyone. You may want to but you can’t. Sometimes you just need to say no: to a favor, to a request, to a family member. Sometimes you really need to be able to focus on what is important to you. Say no at least once before the end of the month — the harder to say, the better. And don’t worry if you feel selfish: When your heart is in the right place, what you accomplish by spending more time on your goals will eventually benefit other people too.
Maybe there’s an employee you really need to let go but haven’t. Or maybe there’s a customer, or a vendor, or even just a friend. Sometimes the best addition starts with subtraction. Pick someone who is dragging you down or holding you back, and let them go.
“It’s not perfect… but that’s okay.”
Yeah, you only get one chance to make a first impression. Yeah, perfection is the only acceptable outcome.
Unfortunately, no product or service is ever perfect, and no project or initiative is perfectly planned. Work hard, do great work, and let it fly. Your customers will tell you what needs to be improved — which means you’ll get to make improvements that actually matter. You can’t find out until you let go. You can’t really do anything until you let go.
“That’s not my job — but who cares?”
Job descriptions are fine until they get in the way of getting things done. No matter what your role or what you’ve accomplished, you’re never too good to roll up your sleeves, get dirty, and do a little grunt work. No job is ever too menial, no task too unskilled or boring. The next time you see something that needs to be done, just do it.
Not only will it get done, you’ll feel better about yourself for doing it.
“I’m really glad I tried their way.”
Sure, weâ€™re all individuals. (Okay, I’m not.) Most of the time we should set our own courses and follow our own paths. But sometimes the best thing to do is copy what made someone else successful. Pick someone who has accomplished what you would like to accomplish and follow that path. Don’t always try to reinvent perfectly good wheels.
“Wow that was stupid. We should do that again!”
Sometimes the dumbest things result in the fondest memories: The time you and two employees stayed up all night loading trucks and listening to every Zeppelin album in order, the time you and a crew stayed in the plant all weekend during a snowstorm cranking out orders… each happened over 20 years ago but my memories are still vivid.
Do something seemingly stupid or outrageous or crazy; the harder the better. You probably won’t love it while you’re doing it but the result will be a memory that will always make you smile.
Your parents love you. They want the best for you. They will always be there for you. But they won’t be around forever.
Self talk is awesome, but sometimes, at the end of a day when you’ve worked incredibly hard and kicked serious ass and still made time for friends and family and done everything possible to make sure all the important pieces of your world are in place and taken care of… and then look in the mirror, smile, and nod at the person looking back.
Sometimes the best way to end a great day is with a silent acknowledgement of achievement and, more importantly, fulfillment.
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