On one of his fabulous “Success Hotline” pep-talks,* my wonderful friend and mentor Dr. Rob Gilbert asked an intriguing question: “What one three-letter word guarantees success?” Mmmm. The word “Yes” sprang to mind, but that didn’t seem right. Then the word, “Try” popped up – but that seemed weak and chancy. Before I could run through any more in my head, he threw his word in the ring.
What was it? One small, seemingly shy word: “Yet.” Consider the power it packs:
“I don’t know how … yet.”
“I’m not there … yet.”
As Rob said so well, the word “yet” is about “delayed success.” It’s not about giving up, it’s about staying on the road to where you want to go.
Consider the negative tapes that so often run through our heads in writing and in life:
“I can’t do this.”
“I haven’t found it.”
“It’s not working.”
“I can’t fix it.”
Add that magical three-letter word and let’s see what happens:
“I can’t do this … yet.”
“I haven’t found it … yet.”
“It’s not working … yet.”
“I can’t fix it … yet.”
What a difference this tiny word makes! At a stroke it neutralizes the negativity that so often stymies and stops us. It signals to inner selves and to others that we are on the road to success – that we intend to keep going until we arrive at the place we want to be.
Bravo, Rob – inspire on! Let’s bet on “yet” as we all write on!
* Check out Rob Gilbert’s Success Hotline (973.743.4690).
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