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The four letter word we all need to banish

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

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The idea behind this blog came to me a few days ago when I read a response to a comment I made on one of my team’s threads. I wrote it in all innocence and sincerity and I really didn’t think much of it at the time. However, when I went back and read what I wrote my heart sank emoticon I used that awful four letter word! Can you guess what word I’m talking about? No, it wasn’t a swear word (which would have been pretty awful!) - nor was it “d-i-e-t” emoticon

A four-letter word that can cause such havoc? Surely, I’m exaggerating. This four letter word is so debilitating it can throw you off your journey so fast you won’t know what hit you!

Give up?

The word is .............



Now, you’re all probably shaking your heads but hear me out. How many times have you used the word “only” in a way that minimizes something?

I “only” exercised for 10 minutes...

I “only” drank 3 glasses of water...

I “only” ate 2 freggies...

I “only” blogged once...

I “only” consumed this much fibre...

I “only” logged my nutrition for one week...

I “only” lost a pound...


Sound familiar? Do YOU have a case of the “I onlys”? This word can have such a negative impact on our self-perception, our lives and our journeys. It manages to steal any sense of accomplishment and pride and it leads us down that very dangerous path towards perfection. And, we all know about the dangers of “perfection-ville!” emoticon

I’m just as guilty as the next person! In fact, my comment was something like “it was very cold - I only walked for 40 minutes”. So instead of feeling a sense of accomplishment on walking for 40 minutes, the use of the word “only” minimized what I did and made my efforts somehow “not enough”. And that could quickly lead to the “why bother” kind of thinking!

Be proud of each teeny-weeny progressive step you make. Take a moment and reflect on whether or not you have a case of “the onlys”. Such a short, seemingly innocent word, can play such a huge role in sabotaging our efforts, can’t it?

Make 2018 the year you put “only” to the curb!
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