One small word – only three little letters – can make all the difference in the world. Yes, it’s the power of one word, and the word I’m talking about today is yet.
My good friend and colleague, Roger Wolkoff, taught me this trick: The next time you feel like you can’t do something, just pause, then finish the sentence with yet.
I can’t find a job – yet.
I don’t know how to do this project – yet.
I have no idea what I’m doing – yet.
Get the idea? For me it’s learning to play the ukulele. A couple of years ago I went to a concert where someone sang a lovely song while playing the ukulele and it looked like so much fun. So, I asked for one for my birthday. When I got my ukulele, I immediately signed up for lessons. OMG – what was I thinking??? I have never played any kind of instrument before and wouldn’t know a musical note if it hit me in the head. So what did I do? I immediately went to:
“I can’t play the ukulele!”
Then, I remembered the trick of using the word yet, and I changed my sentence to:
“I can’t play the ukulele – yet!”
It makes all the difference in the world. That one three letter word opens all sorts of opportunities to you. It helps you flip the switch and begin thinking about what is possible.
So, give it a try. The next time you tell yourself you can’t do something, pause, then add the word yet. It works wonders.