We all know that the words we choose to describe situations and experiences tell a story about how we see the world. Are you a partly cloudy or partly sunny type of person? Is the glass half-empty, or half-full? Are you “so busy” or “keeping busy”? The words we use might shift depending on our mood, but most of us have a leaning towards either optimism or pessimism. While I don’t want to say one is better than the other, I’m going to say it anyway: healthy optimism, combined with a dose of healthy pessimism – or one might call that realism – is worth trying to cultivate and sustain. Our questions this episode: what are some ways that we put a negative spin on things, and how does that hold us back?
This episode highlights two language habits – automatic “I’m so busy” responses and negative framing – that can undermine our success.
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