I often hear myself saying “I’m not good at this” or “I don’t understand this” and that might be a common phrase for others as well that we hear around campus. In this video, Power of Yet by Mick Lynch, he talks all about the simple, but powerful word “yet.”

He explains that saying “yet” in a sentence like “I’m not good at this yet” actually holds a more powerful meaning than we may think. It’s explaining that even though you may not understand or know everything about something now, if you work at it, you eventually will.

I related to this video a lot because of how often I begin to doubt myself in school when I am not understanding a concept. This video reminded me to think positively towards the future and just because I don’t understand something now, doesn’t mean I won’t later and I think this may be true for many students.

Putting the power of yet into practice

By using the power of yet, you are creating a mindset that helps you become resilient in multiple situations in life. Mick Lynch encourages us in the video to practice saying the word “yet” after sentences like “I can’t do it” or “I’m not good at this.”

By adding the power of yet into our vocabulary, we are basically forming the mindset that eventually we will be able to overcome and accomplish something we once thought was “too hard” or “wouldn’t work out.” The power of yet is a more positive way of talking yourself through situations.

I tried this out for myself and at first it was hard to remember to use the word yet when doubting something I was working on. It’s so easy for me to get down on myself or lose motivation when things get tough, but It became more of a habit the more I used it and gave me a more hopeful outlook of what I was working on at the moment.

I find that I practice using the power of yet most when I am working on school work or studying and I think that is something a lot of us college students can relate to. Classes are difficult and juggling school, work and social life can be a challenge, so it helps to use the power of yet in those circumstances.

There is nothing worse than receiving a bad grade on a paper or an exam and then thinking to yourself “I’m not good enough and I don’t understand this.” Adding “yet” to the end of that sentence changes the whole sentence around and provides room for growth.

Try it for yourself

Try using this simple word more often after you catch yourself saying a negative sentence and watch it turn your mindset around for the better. Using this word adds positivity and hope to any situation and that is practicing being a resilient warrior.

The more you use the word, the easier it becomes and soon enough it will be a good habit that you can use forever no matter the situation in life. Next week, we will talk about the next video in the series, “live your why” by Mick Lynch.

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