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Better Is Not Exactly Good

Better is not exactly good.

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 were

  • be healthier (but not necessarily healthy?)
  • be more organized (but definitely not all the way organized?).
  • 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 with neighbors).

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,

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