One Way to Eliminate Negative Thinking and Open Doors

eliminate negative thinkingAs a home business entrepreneur, you want to eliminate negative thinking and make a success of your business. When you eliminate negative thinking, you open doors to greater possibilities in your home business, and in your life too!

You know that a positive attitude is a must, and hopefully you do some reading or listening to motivational and inspirational materials daily. That’s good practice and it helps keep your attitude straight and your spirits high.

You know what, though? There is a word you might be using a lot more than you think. This seemingly harmless little word can cause you to lose enthusiasm and not live up to your daily potential for success. You know what that silly little word is?


You mean if I want to eliminate negative thinking I have to stop saying “BUT”? You may think that sounds crazy right off the bat, but let’s take a closer look at it.

Think about conversations you’ve had with people who are interested in making money from home. Think about conversations you’ve overheard, or seen posted on discussion boards and things like that.

Have you ever heard any comments like these?

“I would love to make some money, BUT I can’t do this business because I’m not a sales type.”
“This business looks good, BUT I don’t know enough people to contact about it.”
“This looks exciting and I’d love to try it, BUT I’m not good with blogging and stuff like that.”
“I might be able to do this one of these days, BUT right now I just don’t have the time.”

Do you see the problem here? Think about your own conversations with others. Are you using that “BUT” word a lot?

Think about what “BUT” means when you say it. You’re giving yourself an excuse to fail or not take action when you say BUT. You don’t really want to do that, do you? And, you know why I’m writing about this today? It’s because I myself used to be pretty bad about this. I used to make excuses by saying BUT too often.

Here is what I learned that helped me tremendously. Let’s substitute that word for another word that works much better.

A much better word is CAN.

“I CAN do this because our business tools do the real selling for me.”
“I CAN make this work and I will find lots of people to talk to about it.”
“I CAN learn to blog and create content. Other people do it, I can do it.”
“I do work a lot of hours but I CAN make time every day to work on building this business”.

Just by thinking “I CAN” instead of saying “BUT” followed by an excuse will make a huge difference in your attitude, your enthusiasm, and your home business! Eliminate negative thinking. This works for everything you do in life!

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  1. Hello Eldon My Friend! I am so happy that we are in the same group this week Wooo Hooo I have been wanting to visit but you know how it is, it seems like there is always a hundred other things that I have to do first. BUT HERE I AM!! Sorry had to add that :LOL

    This is one word that I took out of my vocabulary a long time ago as well as my children’s! Every “But” got them another chore, so guess what happened? NO MORE BUT MOM I CAN’T? HEHE This will be be a great Thanksgiving conversation. Thanks for sharing.. Chery :))

  2. Hi Eldon,

    Words are so powerful, weather we think them or say them. But is one that needs to be out of our mindset and vocabulary. I’ll do such and such BUT not until…. Yikes that will only set yourself up to hit a brick wall.

    Thinking and saying CAN and disciplining ourselves to do that for at least 30 days will become a habit.



  3. Eldon Beard says:

    Thanks Donna, yeah, that “but” word is really a dangerous one to your attitude. I can’t tell you how many times I used to catch myself saying it….not a good thing and I’ve done my best to get rid of it. 🙂

  4. Hi Eldon,
    This is a very good tip. I watched a children’s show a few years back called, Thomas The Train, and in this certain episode, he was down on himself, and making excuses of why he couldn’t do anything. He was using this very word, “BUT”, and being extremely negative about what he couldn’t do. then this other, slightly older train came around and told him to say, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!” Whenever he wasn’t sure about what he was doing. Just using that phrase, “I think I can,” he turned his whole day around, and he got all that he needed to do done by the end of the day.
    What you have said in this article is similar to what the elderly train told Thomas, but in a slightly different way. You tell us to think, ” I know I can, I know I can, I know I Can!” instead, which in my opinion is even better because thinking can only get you so far before you have to know what you are doing.
    Thanks for the tips.

    • Eldon Beard says:

      That train was Thomas the Tank Engine, my son used to LOVE it. Totally agree about the KNOW vs THINK I can, it makes a huge difference because it leaves no room for doubt.

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