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But: The Creativity Killer

It happens thousands of times a day, and most of us aren’t even aware of it.  We use the word “but”.  It’s a natural reflex in world where we feel that we need to qualify our emotions and our opinions — so we always have a way out.  It’s natural.  It’s nothing to be ashamed of.  It’s human.

And as creatures with a large cerebral cortex, we have a choice.  We can choose to nullify whatever positive energy we may have contributed by ending our thoughts with a “but…” Instead, I propose the better option: we can choose to amplify what’s good and take the damper off by finding a different word, like “and.”

I inherited my critical gene from my mother, god rest her soul, and it’s taken me years to evolve from critical to curious.  I discovered that by being curious I could avoid the use of the “B-Word”, and things became more positive.   Turning your concerns into curiosity keeps the conversation flowing and the ideation growing.

Now as I go through my day, I try never to use the “B-Word”.  Even if I need to pause and start my sentence over again, the outcome is invariably more positive. Give it a try and find a different word to express where you want the conversation to go instead of nullifying someone else’s ideas – or your own!

Be creative!

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