You have to have a positive outlook to find success in business. In order to stay positive there are a few words that I think you should avoid using as a business owner. These are words that many throw around without realizing the repercussions. They are easy to use, but they often get a negative reaction out of people.
The first four-letter work is CAN’T.
Ninety-nine percent of the time when you say can’t, you really can. You just don’t want too or have not figured out a way to get the job done. But, is doing something new or hard going to stop you from succeeding as an entrepreneur? No. So, don’t make excuses, make plans. Start working on how you can accomplish that new or hard task. Remember where there is a will there is a way.
The second four-letter word is BUSY.
I think this word is good, if used in the right way! Of course, you want to be busy, but not to the point of being overwhelmed. Also, you should never let your client feel as though you are too busy for them. It’s never okay to imply that they are not the most important thing to you.
The third four-letter word is EASY.
People use this word to describe a task that they have mastered. But the same task many be hard for someone else. It is a real moral buster to say to someone “You can do it. It’s easy.” especially when the person is trying something new. We know how our clients may struggle to make a change or master a skill that may seem easy for us. We need to give ourselves the same support and encouragement when we are trying something new.
The forth four-letter word isn’t really a word, it is ASAP.
Think about it, everyone wants everything done as soon as possible. But if you insist on using this phrase at the end of every sentence you turn into the business owner who cried wolf. As Peter Walsh says “When everything is important, nothing is important.” Choose what’s important and prioritize the rest with deadlines.
The fifth four-letter word is SAME.
If you have been doing things the same way for years, you are probably doing something wrong. Times change, technologies change, you change and your clients change. Those changing clients are looking to you for leadership and guidance. If you are still doing things the same, you should question why.
The sixth four-letter word is SAFE.
In business, you must be prepared to take some risks. Yes, it’s a little scary. Things don’t always work out. But, to increase your level of success, you need to increase your level of risk.
Set yourself up for success by eliminating these four-letter words from your business vocabulary. Replace these words with positive language. Your new vocabulary will help you to develop a positive outlook and success in business.