Gag Me With A Spoon (0:43) 7-words I'm done with:Dream: With great respect to my idol MLK, the term “I have a dream” has lost its punch for me. I’m going to replace it with, “I have an idea.” Sounds more doable. Makes me want to know what the idea is. Better yet, “I have a plan.” Much more powerful and real. Sounds like something is in the works. Success: It’s too subjective for me. I’m going to replace it with “Complete.” “I’ve completed this project, now it’s on to the next.”Successful: “I’m successful.” Sounds like you’re done. An artist is never done. I prefer the words “effective,” or “relevant,” or “significant.” At the very least “productive.” Now it sounds like you’re still at it. Luck: It’s too Illusive for me. It’s never there in the beginning when you need it, and it gets all the glory at the end, “I sure was lucky.” I’m going to eliminate it from my vocabulary. Goals: Should remain in the sports vernacular. When I hear “I have a goal” it sounds like you want me to say “Good Luck!” In the context of art and commerce I still prefer “I have a plan.” Sounds like you want me to ask you what it is. Try: It means nothing to me. Only means you’re using the word “trying” as an excuse for not doing the work—the work that matters. I’m going to eliminate it from my vocabulary. Positive Thinking: Over rated! Too many “positive thinkers” not getting anywhere. I prefer “positive doing.”What did I miss?
J Michael Dolan

Gag Me With A Spoon (0:43)

7-words I'm done with:

Dream: With great respect to my idol MLK, the term “I have a dream” has lost its punch for me. I’m going to replace it with, “I have an idea.” Sounds more doable. Makes me want to know what the idea is. Better yet, “I have a plan.” Much more powerful and real. Sounds like something is in the works.

Success: It’s too subjective for me. I’m going to replace it with “Complete.” “I’ve completed this project, now it’s on to the next.”

Successful: “I’m successful.” Sounds like you’re done. An artist is never done. I prefer the words “effective,” or “relevant,” or “significant.” At the very least “productive.” Now it sounds like you’re still at it.

Luck: It’s too Illusive for me. It’s never there in the beginning when you need it, and it gets all the glory at the end, “I sure was lucky.” I’m going to eliminate it from my vocabulary.

Goals: Should remain in the sports vernacular. When I hear “I have a goal” it sounds like you want me to say “Good Luck!” In the context of art and commerce I still prefer “I have a plan.” Sounds like you want me to ask you what it is.

Try: It means nothing to me. Only means you’re using the word “trying” as an excuse for not doing the work—the work that matters. I’m going to eliminate it from my vocabulary.

Positive Thinking: Over rated! Too many “positive thinkers” not getting anywhere. I prefer “positive doing.”

What did I miss?


COMMENTS


Posted By Alan Vochec
Gag me...
Thanx you did it again; hit me right between the eyes with your golden pen. I so admire your way of thinking and doing Mr. J. Michael Dolan.


Posted By marouli

'Positive doing' That sounds about right.How do you give momentum to your good intentions is the thing?Getting your butt of the chair and finally doing something. Could it possibly be fear of failure or just pure sloth that stops us?


Posted By Barbella
adepts outhouse
As an exorcise, I drew a word out of a f***ing hat... STRIVE. I have had it up to my ears with strive. Now may I please be exemplified? Thank you!


Posted By Freddie Brown
Balance my ass
Balance (as in balanced life) is such a buzzy word. I think it is for people that don't really want to put pedal to the metal or balls to the wall. They want to have it both ways,,,vacation in Hawaii and work some...


Posted By Rachel
Preparation...
Hi Michael! For myself, I work at being ahead of a project. I have been given a few themes to work around and have started to stock pile some songs for this. Also when asked to write music out of my "norm" I have been exploring new sounds which actually I am enjoying as it is stimulating new ideas for creating. Preparation before is important, I think, and then...anything can happen! have an awesome day Michael! Rachel


Posted By Missy B.
Powerful Post
We are the product of what we think. It makes complete sense to evaluate your vocabulary so it is in alignment with your plan.


Posted By xonefive
G M W A S
Well done with this one Micheal...


Posted By John
Maybe
Get rid of "maybe" "Maybe" is limbo. "Yes, maybe we/I can do that..." Means nothing. Make a decision. Stick with yes or no and move on.


Posted By Julie
Gag Me!
LOVE THIS!


Posted By James Hurley
7 words
Perfect, Michael.... simply perfect.


Posted By Komack
Wordplay
I have been “trying” my “luck” at being a songwriter but have had little “success” so I am still at it. My “positive thinking” has only gotten me the same “dream,” but even further away. Now I see it’s time to give up my “goals” and get a new “plan.”


Posted By Dede Richter
Words
Not only food for thought, but a whole meal for thought. Makes me really think about the words I’m choosing and actually living.


Posted By Marianne Russo
Dream the impossible
For me, a dream is far beyond the scope of a plan. It may even seem “impossible,” as Don Quixote’s was. Or was it?

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