The words we use are a direct reflection of the way we think. Interestingly though, the way we think can also be affected by the words we use. Listening to the conversations of accomplished individuals, you’ll note there are certain things successful businesspeople never say.
Here are a few of them.
1. “I’ll Get Around to It.”
People who get things done strike when the iron is hot. Procrastination is the enemy of success. Further, it gives things time to stack up on you.
If you put off a task you could easily accomplish today, you’re leaving room for something else to become necessary tomorrow. Then you may have to decide between the two. It’s far better to attack situations when they arise. Now, with that said, it’s also important to know what’s worth taking on personally and what you should delegate (there’ll be more on this a bit later).
2. “I Don’t Know How”
Bringing a lawsuit against a publication he felt had slandered him by saying he was ignorant because of his lack of general knowledge, Henry Ford is quoted as having testified;
“I have a row of electric push-buttons on my desk, and by pushing the right button, I can summon to my aid men who can answer any question I desire concerning the business to which I am devoting most of my efforts. Now, will you kindly tell me, why I should clutter up my mind with general knowledge, when I have men around me who can supply any knowledge I require?””
Successful people are aware they don’t need to know how to do everything; they just need to know whom to call.
3. “That’s Not My Responsibility.”
Passing blame and pointing fingers is one of the most vivid signs of mediocrity. Great leaders hold themselves accountable for every aspect of their dealings—even when they are only peripherally involved.
President Harry S. Truman is said to have kept a sign on his desk that read “The Buck Stops Here”, referring to people’s tendency to “pass the buck” in many organizations. Truman’s sign acknowledged his responsibility for putting things right, regardless of where they originated.
Wouldn’t you rather work with someone who thinks this way? Wouldn’t you also do everything you could to ensure they never had to take responsibility for one of your mistakes?
As a leader, the people who work for you are more inspired to do better when you take ownership in this fashion. In fact, it’s one of the earmarks of great leadership.
4. “I Could Never Do That.”
Confidence is key to the success of any endeavor. The human mind is capable achieving whatever it can believe. On the other hand, if you believe you’re incapable of doing something—you will be. As an example, most people have no idea how to build a website. However, anyone can do it using free website themes from a provider like Shopify—once they know the templates exist.
However, if you’re stuck believing you can’t do something and dismiss the possibility you’ll never discover the tools available to make the “impossible” happen.
5. “I Don’t Need Help.”
This item on this list of things successful businesspeople would never say plays into number four above. While confidence and self-reliance are positive traits, refusing to delegate will impair your growth. Sure, you might get your project done eventually, but how many opportunities will you miss in the interim?
It’s much smarter to seek assistance where you need it so you can focus your efforts where your greatest strengths lie.