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The Destructive Power of “Sometimes”

March 2, 2024

by Robert Stevenson

Using "sometimes" to qualify actions can indeed undermine one's professional reputation and career. This simple word introduces doubt and inconsistency, while eroding trust and confidence in an individual's capabilities and character. OUCH!

The word“sometimes” can be very destructive to your career when used in describing your actions. Here are a few examples:

You are fair – SOMETIMES
You are honest – SOMETIMES
You are reliable – SOMETIMES
You are punctual – SOMETIMES
You stay focused – SOMETIMES
You have integrity – SOMETIMES
You are open-minded – SOMETIMES
You can be counted on – SOMETIMES
You give your best effort – SOMETIMES
You deliver on your promises - SOMETIMES
You treat people with respect – SOMETIMES
You remain calm in tough situations – SOMETIMES
You are accountable for your actions – SOMETIMES

The word “sometimes” suggests that one's behavior and performance are subject to random fluctuations rather than grounded in steadfast principles and habits. That is another OUCH!

Repeated use of "sometimes" creates a perception of inconsistency and unreliability, which can lead to missed opportunities, stalled career advancement, and damaged relationships with colleagues and superiors. That is a third OUCH … and as it is in baseball … with three strikes you are out. SO, “sometimes” will undermine your efforts to build a strong professional reputation and can result in being passed over for important projects or promotions.

To safeguard your career, do everything you can to replace “Sometimes” with “Always.” Now we are talking about a totally different person. Consistency, reliability, integrity, and accountability are synonymous with your name. “Always” paves the way for long-term success and advancement in the workplace.

I’ll leave you with this quote:

“Your reputation is built on
consistently delivering results.
Make it a habit to always
give your best effort,
and success will follow." - Unknown

"Your only true security in life
is your ability to perform."

About the Author

Robert Stevenson is an expert at building a high-performance business culture, improving efficiency, and accelerating growth. He is one of the most widely sought-after speakers in the world today, as well as a best-selling author. He has owned five companies, sold internationally in over 20 countries. Robert has spoken to over 2,500 companies throughout the world and his research in the area of corporate and entrepreneurial success is extensive. Over 2 million people have benefitted from his powerful, practical, and thought-provoking programs. He is a true master at blending facts, inspiration, conviction, and humor into all his programs.

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