When I was in college, I watched a movie called “Just Cause” starring Sean Connery and Blair Underwood. It was a decent movie but the memorable thing about the experience was one of my roommate’s pronunciation of the title. He was from Tennessee and called the movie “Just Cuz”. We tried to explain the different meaning of JUST and highlighting the word CAUSE but he wanted nothing to do with that. The movie title was “Just Cuz”.
That experience was brought back to me in my own self-talk this morning. I said to myself, “I just have to keep going to the gym and I’ll lose that extra weight.” Why “JUST”? Just is a weak word! It makes things seem easy or unimportant. If the words that we say to ourselves are important (they are), then I should choose them wisely. The words that I use with myself should not be JUST CUZ. They should be definitive. “I absolutely have to keep going to the gym in order to lose that extra weight.”
If I wanted to take it further, I could make it seem like less of a chore. “I get to go the gym every morning.” My perspective on my own life and how frame things influences what I will and won’t do. I am fortunate to have such a small problem to conquer.
Don’t JUST do anything. Do things with conviction and belief in yourself.