21 Things NOT to Say to Live It Forward (Great Hints on How to be Successful)

Interested in learning more about how to be successful? Then watch your words. What comes out of your mouth reflects what's in your heart.

How To Be Successful - What Not to Say

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To go a bit deeper, true success doesn't come from fame, fortune, or power. True success comes from character. If you are a person of character, you will live it forward in your personal life, in your relationships, even in your business.

So if success comes from character, character development is essential. One way to get a pulse on your character development is to listen to the words that come out of your mouth. Because again, what comes out of your mouth reflects what's in your heart (i.e. character).

How to be Successful—21 Things NOT to Say

Wondering how to be more successful? Take the test below. There are 21 things listed that you should avoid saying if you want to live it forward in your life and business. How many do you catch yourself saying?

That's not part of my job description.

Setting goals isn't important.

I can't.

Life's not fair.

Why does it have to be so hard?

I don't have a choice.

I'm not ____________________ enough.

I don't need any help.

It's best to just fit in.

I'm not good at anything!

Who I spend time with isn't important.


I can't help it.

I can't change my attitude.

I can't control my actions.

I'm too busy to read.

I'm afraid to fail.

What's the use?

That's impossible! It can't be done!!

That will take too much work.

I'm just unlucky.

There is definitely a difference between how successful people think and how unsuccessful people think. What's more, what they think gets reflected in what they say.

So how did you do? Are your words helping you live it forward or are they keeping success an arm's length away? There are lots of things you can do to learn how to be successful, but a great place to start is by cleaning up your vocabulary.


Questions: Which of 21 statements do you struggle with most? Does it have any impact on your character development? Does it shape your thinking on how to be successful?