Episode 45: Unless And Yet

What words to you like to use that help you feel more empowered?

You’re listening to the Love Tidbits Podcast, where you’ll discover a small, tasty, delightful, bite-sized tidbit of love ~ I’m your host, LeAnn Austin  

Hey y’all, welcome to Love Tidbits, Episode #45: Unless And Yet 

There are three words that I like to use: Unless, And, Yet.  Let me tell you why… these are empowering words that open our minds up to new possibilities and solutions.

Let’s start with the word Unless. Do you notice yourself thinking or saying…I can’t because (fill in the blank).  For example, I can’t because I don’t have enough money. I can’t because I don’t have enough time. I can’t because people…whatever.  Now hear what happens when we say the same thing with Unless at the end.  I can’t because I don’t have enough time unless.  I can’t because I don’t have enough money unless.  I can’t because other people, whatever we’re talking about other people, unless.  As soon as you add the word Unless, your mind and heart start wondering about all the possibilities.  I love adding this word to things I think I can’t do and seeing what comes up.

The next word that can be very empowering is And.  This is a great word to use when you’re about to say But.  We’re so used to seeing things as one way or the other way, but not as both-at-once.  When we’re thinking it’s either this or that, we unconsciously choose a side and live there. We don’t have to do this. There can be room for both, And everything in between. 

I talk more about that, everything in between, in my podcast Play the Gray, Episode #9, if you want to hear more about that. So the word And helps us rectify how something can have good and bad elements. It gives us the opportunity to dig a little deeper, to figure out how we feel about things.

The word But often discounts everything that was said before, however, when we use the word And it gives room for both.  So the next time you’re about to say But, say And instead, and notice what happens. 

Now the last word that can be empowering for me is Yet.  This word can be used in both a negative and positive connotation. However, I’d like to use it to show enthusiasm or excitement. For example, that was her greatest performance yet, or 28 minutes was my best time yet. Using yet this way celebrates where we’re at and gives us the opportunity to think about more. 

Another way to use it is to let others or yourself know that a situation or event is the present and not finished yet. For example, there’s a lot more time yet, or I have yet to figure it out that way, so I’m going to try this. I like using yet when working on goals, meaning that I expect it to happen, even though it hasn’t yet

So what are the words that you like to use to help you feel more empowered? I’d love to hear what they are. And if you’re not already, try giving the words Unless, And, and Yet a try, and let me know what you discover.

I like this quote from Yehuda Berg: “Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble.”  Hmmm, something to think about. 

Have a good one y’all ~ and here’s to, Unless, And, Yet, and love. 

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