I believe the words we use as part of our daily vocabulary have the power to either build us up or tear us down. What and how we say things determines what we believe we are capable of and what our limitations are. One word I see and hear daily that drives me crazy is hard.
I spend a lot of time networking for My Rays of Sunshine, as well as my day job and other projects I’m working on. I am astonished at how often grown-ups complain about everything being too hard.
Why is motherhood so hard?
What’s the hardest part of your day?
Getting my kids ready is so hard.
It is so hard to take my kids to the store.
I have a hard time working out.
Why does everything have to be so hard?
Do you see a pattern here? Hard is a whining word. It’s like nails on a chalk board every time I read or hear it. All I can think of is a child whining and throwing a temper tantrum when some cries hard.
Mommy, I can’t do my homework. It’s too hard.
I can’t read that book. It’s too hard.
I don’t want to. It’s too hard.
I don’t want to clean my room. It’s too hard.
I don’t want to practice soccer. It’s too hard.
We don’t tolerate when our children whine and quit trying because something is too hard, so why is it acceptable for adults to do the same thing? Stop it!
Let’s replace hard with challenging. By simply replacing hard with challenging, we are placing goals to achieve or challenges to overcome instead of admitting defeat by crying it’s too hard.
I hope you will join me in changing our vocabulary to reflect the life we desire.
Thank you Pig and Dac for featuring this post on Blogger’s Digest!