A Powerful Four Letter Word To Add To Your Vocabulary

On the road to success not many people talk about the challenges they’ve failed at along the way. They make success look very easy, but you never get to see how much they persisted and pushed forward despite the hurdles.

I’m no exception. In my road to success there have been many obstacles, and while giving my middle finger to those obstacles, I made a new friend.

That friend is a four letter word that has helped me to keep moving forward. Any time my engine stalled as a result of a failure, this one amazingly powerful word always managed to kick start my engine again.

The word is simple; it’s ‘NEXT’.

NEXT is a powerful, single word, mantra to employ when things don’t go the way you intend. (Although you can never not intend a thing that happens.) But when it feels that way, that is the word to use.

Learn to use this word often. Keep it in your arsenal. It will keep your moving forward and focussed on the future rather stuck on the past results and always using to hindsight to think about what else you could’ve done.

Hindsight is okay, but I believe that when it really comes to the crunch, and you face the same hurdles, you’ll make the right decisions.

Rather than looking back at the past, focus on the next event. Sure, you can evaluate and get feedback, but then to move on as quickly as possible, and in order do that say the word NEXT. While you’re saying NEXT picture in your mind how you would like the subsequent opportunity to go. Visualise what you’re going to do differently the next time an event occurs

If you get turned down for a job or business opportunity, say NEXT; if you get turned for a date, say NEXT; if you you lose a client, say NEXT!

If you focus on the failures of the past too much you’re more likely to repeat them.

“One often meets his/her destiny on the path to avoid it”

Master Oogway (Kung Fu Panda)

My girlfriend said something wonderful recently. She said “if you hold onto these things and don’t move on, you allow them to live rent-free in your mind” and she’s absolutely right.

When you say the word next suddenly your mind will become very clear; kind of like when your ring a meditation gong.

Welcome failures, don’t be afraid of them and if anything here’s another bonus mantra to add! Quite simply put add these words: BRING IT!

NEXT!

21 Responses

  1. Bro, How you been?…and where you been? Missed your amazing articles.
    “Next!” Reminds me of that scene from ‘The Help’ when Octavia finishes the answer to her first question. (Awesome film btw!) Love the quotes. I think your girlfriend is spot on. Basically it’s a more concise way of saying ‘Get over it and move on’. I can imagine the word being particularly helpful in an argument : )

    • skittles234 says:

      Hi Milan,

      Thanks for your comment, I agree with you that this is a more concise way of encouraging someone to move on…. But I also think it’s a diplomatic Dale Carnegie approach 😀

  2. Hiten says:

    Hi Amit,

    This was a great post! I really liked the way you explained how we can use the word “NEXT” and how powerful it can be. It’s a great way to ensure we don’t dwell on the past and quickly keep ourselves looking forward and remain optimistic.

    By the way, I’m just putting the finishing touches on my guest post for your blog! 🙂
    New at Hiten\’s blog post ..Guest posting at Meant to be Happy

    • Amit Sodha says:

      Thank you so much Hiten, I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. It’s a great and simple attitude to have towards the various challenges we face. Saying next makes it easier to move on.

  3. skittles234 says:

    Excellent article dude! Keep em coming! NEXT! Lol 😀
    x

  4. Shashi kumar says:

    Shashi wishes you a very happy and prosperous Ganesh Chaturthi. #Inspiring Shashi @ShashiAanaoo — Shashi Kumar (@InspiringShashi)

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