The Power of the Word “Yet”

Day 152 Week 22 Q2 Friday, May 31, 202

Here is the situation: if you beat yourself up for not achieving your goals, doing poorly on the test, or failing in some way, you’re going to feel crummy indefinitely, which is why goal setting is kind of a suboptimal idea. On the other hand, if you tell yourself, I have not achieved this yet. I have not built the practice I want yet. I have not lost the weight yet. I have not created a sustainable, creative, lucrative position for myself yet. This word is still very, very important. It is the difference between beating yourself up and having confidence in your future.


The word “yet” holds immense power in shaping our mindset and approach to life’s challenges. When we use “yet” in the context of our goals and aspirations, it transforms the way we perceive setbacks and failures.

The Pitfalls of Negative Self-Talk:

When we fail to achieve our goals, whether it’s a poor test performance or falling short in some way, it’s easy to fall into the trap of negative self-talk. Beating ourselves up over these setbacks can lead to a persistent feeling of inadequacy and discouragement.

The Transformative Power of “Yet”:

However, by simply adding the word “yet” to our self-talk, we can drastically shift our perspective. Instead of saying, “I have not achieved this,” we can say, “I have not achieved this yet.” This subtle change implies that while we may not have reached our goal, we are still on the path towards it.

Benefits of Adopting a “Yet” Mindset:

  1. Optimism: Using “yet” fosters an optimistic outlook, which is associated with longevity, productivity, better relationships, and overall success.
  2. Persistence: “Yet” implies that we haven’t given up and that in itself is powerful. As long as we keep pushing forward, our chances of success remain intact.
  3. Adaptability: Our greatest superpower as human beings is our ability to adapt, innovate, and be resilient. Embracing a “yet” mindset allows us to harness this power and navigate challenges more effectively.

The Importance of Reasonable Effort:

While “yet” can be a powerful tool, it’s essential to balance it with reasonable effort. Simply using “yet” without putting in the necessary work can lead to perpetual procrastination. It’s crucial to make consistent progress towards our goals while maintaining a “yet” mindset.


In essence, the word “yet” encapsulates the concept of hope and the belief in our potential for growth and achievement. By integrating “yet” into our self-talk and adopting a growth mindset, we can reframe setbacks as temporary obstacles on the path to success. Remember, you may not have reached your destination yet, but with persistence and effort, you will get there.