An interesting post cropped up on social media this morning.
It went like this:
On those days that you’re just feeling like a BADASS — you’re clear, you’re productive, you’re feeling great — what word do you associate with, most?
For example, you kill it with your presentation or sign 3 clients, etc.
“Damn I’m good. I’m such a ______!”
Everyone was then asked to vote for the word they would use and there was even a place to pop in your own word.
Of the choices, shown in the diagram below, I added the word SUCCESS as my word of choice.
The reason for my choice is this – when you’ve done a great job with a presentation or whatever it is you were working on, you’ve been successful. You’ve achieved your goal.
I personally do not like the word BADASS and would never apply it to myself. To me, it is filled with negative connotations.
Yes, you may have won or achieved your goal, but what was the cost? The word to me implies you’ve had to step on someone to achieve.
A badass is not what I would call a good thing to be calling yourself.
Or am I a dinosaur? I know these days the term is used to mean an achiever.
I prefer words that have a positive connotation like Leader, Role Model, Success.
LEADER is a much better word than boss. Simply because it gives the sense of bringing a team along with you. To me, it’s about empowering those around you to achieve (as opposed to bossing them about!)
HERO – I feel is a word others allocate to you, not for us to use to describe ourselves. Seems a tad big headed to me.
Words have power
Much more than you may realise.
The ones we use can make a real difference in how we think and feel.
My point is that it’s really important to choose the ones that resonate with you personally. Especially when it’s a word you are going to be using on a regular basis in your own self-talk…perhaps even when you are speaking to others about your work.
As an example “She’s a real badass” vs “She’s such a success” – what pictures spring to your mind as you hear these words to describe someone?
Yes, we should never pre-judge based on words used to describe someone before we meet them, but the reality is…that’s exactly what each of us does. Right?
Which word would you choose to describe yourself when you’re clear, you’re productive and you’re feeling great? Let me know in the comments below.