Here we are talking about the word ‘yet’ in the sense of ‘up until now’ or ‘so far’.
If there is something that you have tried to achieve but have failed at and, maybe, even given up on, then I encourage you to give the ‘power of yet’ a try. Whatever you’re thinking that you can’t do, or have failed at, simply rephrase using the word ‘yet’ – and notice the difference in your thinking.
- “I have failed my exam!” This sounds so final, over and done with. ‘Failed’ is such a harsh
and mocking word.
- “I haven’t passed my exam, yet.” It doesn’t change the fact that I failed the exam. Some may think that I am just playing with words – but I am not. Using the word ‘yet’ makes a real difference to how I feel about it and what I will do about it.
The power of the little word “yet” should not be underestimated! Using the word ‘yet’:
- kicks your brain in to a puzzle solving mode. Your thinking can go something like “Well, I may not have succeeded so far, so what else do I need to do to achieve it in the future?
- leaves the door open to future possibilities
- creates greater persistence
- encourages a growth mindset so that you may find a way to succeed
- provides a positive context for you to engage with the matter in hand
I have been taking advantage of the power of ‘yet’ for a long time now. Whenever I come up against something that I think (maybe even believe) that I can’t do, big or small, profound or trivial, I simply add the word “yet” to the end of the statement. To illustrate:
- “I can’t do that dance!” Sounds final, doesn’t it?
- “I can’t do that dance, yet.” My expectation moves towards the possibility that someday, one day, I may be able to do it. What do you reckon?
Why not try out a bit of ‘The Power of Yet’ for yourself. I hope it works for you as powerfully as it works for me.
You may be interested in taking a look at a brief TED talk – Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve that talks about the growth mindset and includes a powerful illustration of the power of yet.