Man or woman the way we speak impacts our lives. Words do have power. As this post is about women – I will focus on 3 phrases that many women use that are disempowering.
- I’m Sorry
A confident person readily admits when they have made a mistake and apologies when appropriate. The phrase “I am sorry” implies feelings of not being adequate or inferior. Carefully consider if you have done something inappropriate or wrong. Chances are you have not.
- I’m Worried
Over use of the phrase indicates a focus on what may never happen at best and at worst a focus on the catastrophic for little or no apparent reason. Worry is an indication of focusing on negative outcomes without provocation.
- I Hate to Bother You…
When you use this phrase you give away your power to another person. You let someone else have control.
It’s never too late to take back your power. Commit to becoming the driver—rather than the passenger—in your life. Decide that you’re going to be in control of how you think, feel, and behave regardless of the situation you find yourself in. That decision alone may well put you in line for a higher salary!
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Solo and Small Biz Change Agent, Marie-Helene Sakowski at firstname.lastname@example.org