Overcoming Roadblocks, One But at a Time

Something blocking the path between you and the happy existence you hope for?

Here’s one simple tip on overcoming negativity and getting what you really want, courtesy of Daniel Pink, a person whom I’ll be writing a lot more about in coming posts:

Change your “Buts” to “Ands.”  When you use the word “but”, you give yourself the OK to give up, to make excuses, and to stop trying.  For example-

  • “I’d like to find a better job than the one I have now, BUT the economy isn’t great.”  Pretty negative, with no way out, right? 

Try this instead-

  • “I’d like to find a better job than the one I have now, AND the economy isn’t great.” 

The “and” sentence requires you to come up with a solution, rather than basking in your own insecurity and excuses.  See below-

  • “I’d like to find a better job than the one I have now, AND the economy isn’t great sooooooo….  I have to do x, y, and z in order to better my chances for success.” 

To find out what X, Y, and Z are, refer to the websites in the post below!  Overcoming roadblocks won’t always be this easy, but it’s worth a shot!  Oops, I mean AND it’s worth a shot! :)

One thought on “Overcoming Roadblocks, One But at a Time

  1. This is a great application of the “AND” philosophy. I have always read about it in terms of being a conversation starter or as a way to reason with a child, but the idea of using it to overcome personal roadblocks is awesome!

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