The Power of “Or”
As a child, I loved the School House Rock shows on Saturday morning TV. “I’m Just a Bill”, “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here” and “Three Is A Magic Number” were staples of my childhood education.
Perhaps my favorite lesson was “Conjunction Junction” in which a train engineer taught us that “and, but and or will get you very far”.
Each of these short words is powerful in its own way.
“But” gives you the power of negation. It takes the first part of your sentence and throws it away, revealing your true priorities and intentions. For example, “I was going to do that work, but I got busy”. That one little word shows that your work wasn’t a big a priority as whatever else came up.
“And” gives you the power of addition. Instead of being stuck with one thing or another, you can include extra actions or thoughts. For example, “I’m going to increase my sales and my profit margins this year.” That simple word means much, much more money for you.
“Or” gives you the power of choice.
And the power of choice allows you to focus on what you want most. It forces you to prioritize your thoughts and behaviors into the most beneficial ones for you.
- You can go home early OR you can make five more calls today.
- You can get angry at your teenager’s entitlement attitude OR you can take her to a homeless shelter to serve meals and show her how blessed she really is.
- You can continue winging it OR you can take an hour to plan your entire year.
- You can be annoyed by the slow driver in front of you OR you can be thankful he is driving at a speed at which he feels in control.
- You can be frustrated that a prospect didn’t buy from you OR you can improve your sales skills so it doesn’t happen again.
- You can watch zombies on TV OR you can read a book and learn something.
- You can start your morning with email OR you can watch an inspirational video.
- You can groan about your expanding waistline OR you can go to the gym today.
The power of choice is one of our most precious gifts.
In each moment we all have the power to choose actions and thoughts that make us more of who we most want to be.
Use your “or” wisely today, okay?