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Jen Butler: The Power of Words

Stress Management & Business Consultant Jen Butler, reminds us that the power of words in our daily life can impact how our day is going to play out. There are four words in particular that have a lot of power. This power can be negative or positive, depending upon how you use the words and think about them.

"Have to"

Saying "I have to go to work today. I have to get my kids dressed. I have to drive in this traffic. I have to see this patient. I have to hire a new person..." adds stress to our lives.  "It means that we are a prisoner, that we're stuck, that we don't have any choice," says Bultler, who advises replacing "have to " with "get to." You get to go to work every day. You get to drive in traffic and get to listen to a new podcast. If "get to" doesn't resonate with you, other suggestions are "want to" and "lucky to." I want to go to the gym. I'm lucky to go to work. 

"Think about it for a moment," says Butler. "If you were to just change 'have to,' what would that do for your day? How would you approach things differently? What kind of a paradigm shift would you have?"


The word "more" can be applied to the condition of being greedy or selfish, or it can be applied to being very giving or greater achievement. "There can be a very positive connotation, because the word 'more' then leads to goal setting," says Butler.  


"So often we have a litany of statements and self-deprecating language in our head," says Butler, "for example, I can't, I shouldn't, and I won't."  But if you add the three letter word "yet"  to the end of any sentence, "it provides hope  and curiosity," for example, "I can't place that crown yet." The word "yet" means you will one day, and you can start making plans.


When Butler's children brought home their report cards there were conversations that concluded with, "Well, you didn't study enough." When we step on the scale, you might say to yourself, "But I ate so healthy." Unfortunately, your efforts to lose weight were not enough. "The word 'enough' allows us to reflect upon just how much we do engage... just how much we do for other people... just how much is enough to get the results that we really want?" says Butler. "If we're not getting the results we want, it's not enough."

About this Industry Leader:

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Jen Butler, M.Ed, BCC

Stress Management and Business Consultant, JB Partners Inc.

Jen Butler is the founder and CEO of JB Partners, a SMaRT (Stress Management and Resiliency Training) firm dedicated to the success of leaders and teams and the long-term sustainable profitability of businesses. Building on her MEd in educational psychology and 25+ years of experience, Jen is a Certified Coach (Center for Credentialing and Education; and International Coach Federation), a Certified Book Yourself Solid (TM) Consultant (Michael Port), a Kolbe System Certified Consultant, and a Nationally Trained and Certified Presenter, who is also IAS Certified. As a dental consultant and then dental executive coach, she has worked with dental professionals to reduce stress, identify areas of opportunity, set actionable goals and enjoy more fulfillment. She travels throughout the United States to provide leaders, teams, and businesses with one-on-one onsite guidance in managing stress, turning around their business, and achieving real, long-lasting results.

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