Successful people emanate certain traits that allow them to be successful. Scour the internet and you’ll find a plethora of articles telling you what other successful people do that you should do so that you can be successful. Well, there’s a reason for that…because it works.

Most successful people have certain attitudes, actions, and behaviors in common, and that includes the right vocabulary.

There are words that even I find myself using on a daily basis that I probably shouldn’t. Words that by simply saying them, we are making them come true. The cycle is vicious and inescapable unless you make a change. So, you owe it to yourself to vouch to stop using these detrimental words:

13 words to eliminate from your vocabulary

1) busy

I am 100% guilty of this. When someone asks me, “How are you?” I almost always respond, “So busy!”

I don’t mean it negatively, but the more I say how busy I am, the more frazzled and, well, busy I’ll become! There are so many better responses to that question that we can definitely do without “busy.”

2) can’t

As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” The more times you tear yourself down by thinking you can’t do something, the more you’ll begin to believe it. “Can’t” holds us back from achieving our most impressive and grandiose goals, so give it up already!

3) literally

“Literally” is hardly ever used in a context where it actually means what you think it means. “I was literally exhausted.” As opposed to what, not literal exhaustion? Let’s just not.

4) yeah

I bet you successful people don’t say “Yeah.” How about “Yes?” It’s the same number of syllables…

5) like

Our generation is unlucky that we’ve been plagued by the word “like.” It’s in every sentence and it usually doesn’t add any value to what you’re saying. I think we can do without it.

6) um

The classic space filler. It’s a nasty habit to break, but it’s time to do away with the “Ums” and “Uhs.” Besides, that’s not even a word!

7) stuff

How generic. “Stuff” doesn’t really mean anything. If it’s not worth describing in detail, is this “stuff” really worth talking about?

8) things

See “Stuff”

9) really

The word “really” is usually superfluous. It doesn’t add anything the word it’s describing. Pick a different word.

10) but

“But” usually negates what was said before it, and therefore has a negative connotation. Successful people, I would venture to guess, are not negative people. Reframe your sentence to avoid using this word in a negative way.

11) try

Why try? Why not just do? Especially in a business setting, this word can go.

12) always/never

These words are absolutes. Nothing is absolute. What is absolute is that you don’t need “always/never” in your vocabulary.

13) should

Like “But,” “Should” often has a negative connotation. It’s usually something we feel guilty about that we’re not doing; therefore, we “should.” Maybe it’s something you “want” to do instead!

I’m willing to bet that successful people stay away from these words.

What do you think?

Are there any words you would like to hear less of?

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