What I’m about to share with you are two very harmless words except when they’re used together.
These words are…
Let me explain with an example.
Person #1: “You know there’s never a perfect time to start exercising.”
Person #2: “Yeah, but things are just extra crazy right now with the holidays coming.”
You see, the phrase “yeah, but” does two things.
- It acknowledges the situation, challenge, etc.
- It refutes your ability to do anything about it.
And the truth is that there’s never a “but” when something is important enough or a high enough priority to us.
For example, if someone is diagnosed with cancer, their response wouldn’t be “yeah, but I just don’t have time to deal with this right now.”
The reason I decided to share this message today is to simply bring this phrase to your attention. My hope is that the next time you hear “yeah, but” either from yourself or from someone else, that you catch yourself, evaluate the scenario, and move toward “yeah” without the “but.”