Posted on Jan. 10, 2006
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This year as I and my family were sharing our goals for 2006 we
noticed an interesting pattern repeating throughout our lists.
We had used a lot of comparison language. For example, some goals
- be healthier (but not necessarily healthy?)
- be more organized (but definitely not all the
- have better quality family time (why not good quality
time or even excellent?)
- build stronger relationships with neighbors (on
second thought, maybe we'd prefer strong relationships
We explored this pattern a little deeper and discovered it's pretty
pervasive in our lives. We feel better more often than we
feel good. We feel wiser more than we feel wise.
We feel stronger more than we feel strong, smarter more often than
smart, superior more often than super.
At least in our family, this appears to be a pattern across several
generations, but its much bigger than with just our family. I see
it everywhere and I hear the comparison language far more than I hear the
power language. The effects of this pattern are pretty glaring in
our family and beyond.
We changed our 2006 goals to power language instead of comparison
language. We've added a new one as well, "To speak, see
and feel ourselves all the way to where we want to be.
I invite you to listen to your language to see if you're envisioning
a comparatively better life or a life of power.
Wishing You the Best Outcome you can Imagine and Speak