A Tiny, Powerful Word …

One tiny word can change a mindset of doom and gloom to one of promise and expectation. Its three letters can transform your life.

My wife Karen was a schoolteacher. Every day, she worked with children striving to be the best that they could be. Through her work, she acquired a deep respect for the power of belief and an awareness of the danger of self-imposed mental limits. We human beings build dense boundaries to our own performance, usually within our own minds. This is the danger of our inner critic.

One thing I learned from Karen (actually, there are many wonderful things I learned from her) was the power of this tiny little word:


If you use this word at the end of a phrase, you convert a damning sentence into one filled with promise and hope.

Try it:

“I can’t do math…yet.”

“I don’t like chemistry…yet.”

“I can’t lose weight…yet.”

“I’m not healthy…yet.”

“I haven’t found happiness…yet.”

“I am not successful…yet.”

“Prosperity obviously isn’t for me…yet.”

It’s not just that the sentence sounds better when you add this tiny, powerful word. It’s that, the more you say it, the more the phrase becomes self-fulfilling, and the more it describes a desirable and attainable future state. Over time, you convert your limitation into powerful self-belief. You will work and wait patiently for the promise you have made yourself. In the end, it will come true.

If you’re struggling with the giant leap to prosperity, or the long journey to abundance, be honest with yourself, but articulate this as a statement filled with hope. Complete your descriptive sentences with the tiny, powerful YET.

Then get back down to work on the success you so richly desire and deserve.

Dr. Roddy Carter, MD, has over 30 years of experience working across a range of medical disciplines and corporate settings. 

At the height of his successful career, Roddy experienced a personal health and happiness awakening. During this profoundly transformative time, he began applying his deep knowledge of performance neuroscience to his everyday life. He discovered that, in moments of stress, the brain develops intricate psycho-protective adaptations to ensure our short-term survival; however, these adaptations often impose substantial residual limitations, create profound (and often hidden) distress, and prevent us from reaching our innate potential.

Today, Roddy is an executive coach and author dedicated to helping others unlock their full potential throughout their lives by applying compassionate neuroscience and sharing his unique approach to Personal Mastery™.

To learn more about Roddy and his coaching services, and to follow his blog, visit www.roddycarter.com. You can find his books, BodyWHealth and Sunset Lessons, on Amazon.