COMMENTARY | COLUMNISTS | BOAZ RAUCHWERGER

Instead of 'someday,' be specific

Since words are previews of things to come, I got to thinking the other day about the importance of words.

I was sitting on the porch of my apartment in Newport Beach, Calif., and glancing out on some beautiful surroundings. There are so many trees in my complex that the greenery creates a unique level of peacefulness.

Sometimes there are no words to describe the peacefulness that I feel here.

And, speaking about words, there is one word that all of us use, and I've been as guilty as anyone in the past of using this one word too much, and it doesn't really help us.

The one word I'm talking about is SOMEDAY. We use it too much.

In my apartment complex there is a beautiful hiking trail. "Someday I'll go take a hike on that trail."

A couple of buildings over there is a exercise room. "Someday I will go over there and exercise regularly."

"Someday I'll get a hold of my finances and I'll pay in cash and I'll save some money. Someday I'll pay off my debts."

In my office, there is a calendar. I checked and I did not see a day of the week on that calendar called "Someday." There is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There is no "Someday."

So, when we use the word "Someday," the signal to the subconscious mind is that there is no commitment. Since there is no day of the week called "Someday," there is no need for a commitment to a goal. Thus, there probably won't be any achievement of an important goal.

May I suggest that we change from using the word "Someday" to using specific words like Today, This Week, This Month and This Year.

So, instead of saying, "Someday I'll take a hike down that trail in my complex," how about "I'll take a hike right after I finish writing this newsletter."

And "Tomorrow morning, first thing, I'm going to go over to the exercise room in my complex and I'm going to exercise for 30 minutes on the treadmill."

And "This week I will set a monthly budget that I will work toward so I can spend less than I earn."

And "This month I will begin to pay off my debts."

And "This year I will lose 20 pounds."

The mind responds to specific words: Today, This Week, This Month, This Year. So, I encourage you, for things that you have wanted to change about you, to start using the words Today, This Week, This Month, This Year, instead of Someday.

I believe that you'll be amazed how much more productive you will be.

So, before I go off on my hike down the trail, which I've committed to you to do, let's declare together that we no longer have a Someday on our calendar.

You are special. You are unique. You are destined for greatness. I see it in you -- you are a Champion! Have a powerful day!


An action affirmation

I use words that declare affirmations about Today, This Week, This Month, This Year, and I'm accomplishing great things.


Rauchwerger is a speaker, trainer, author and high-performance coach to CEOs. If you have a question or want to supercharge your company, contact him at 619-723-3007 or e-mail boaz.rauchwerger@sddt.com. Comments may be published as Letters to the Editor.

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