Are You "Killing" Yourself?

I was talking to a buddy of mine the other day and she made the comment,

“Man…this bra is killing me!” (I hope I didn’t offend anyone by saying bra) 🙂

So I asked her, “IS the bra really killing you…or does it just hurt badly?”

Of course, her response was that it wasn’t killing her, but it really made me think about the things we say.

I was on the phone with Sprint yesterday and I caught myself saying, “I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off”. When you really get a visual of a chicken running around with its head cut off, why would anyone speak that into reality for themselves?

I was so taken aback by that statement that I actually stopped mid-sentence and said to the woman on the phone… “wow… I can’t believe I just said that. Why would anyone ever want to run around like that?”

She busted out laughing and said, “I have no idea.”

I didn’t either.

So it got me thinking about all the phrases we throw around and use so callously.

One I stopped using a few years ago: “Killing two birds with one stone…” I’ve changed it to “catching two birds at the same time.”

What are some of the phrases you say (and really don’t mean) that you want to change?

14 thoughts on “Are You "Killing" Yourself?

  • September 9, 2006 at 7:57 pm

    I agree that we can sometimes get carried away with the statement we make.

    Now that I’m thinking about it…I often catch myself saying to my kids, “Do you think I’m made of money…?”? THough I’m not actually made of money, I’m made of the same stuff money is made of – energy.
    Like you said, these statements really do not do any good. because by saying that to my kids, I’m creating lack for them and myself.

    Is it great that you pointed out that we should try to eradicate this “bad” habits. You did a good job here as these actions would go unnoticeable witout someone pointing it out.



  • September 9, 2006 at 9:41 pm

    I’ve stopped using “this [thing] is driving me crazy”

  • September 10, 2006 at 6:47 pm

    I’ve got a good one…

    Throwing out the baby with the bath water… uhg

    Definitely one phrase that we should eliminate!


  • November 4, 2006 at 4:28 pm

    I never understood why photographers say “SAY CHEESE” everytime they take a picture. Why cheese? Why not pizza, meatloaf, or bologna for that matter? What makes cheese so spectacular?

  • September 12, 2006 at 3:33 pm

    I’ve never said this – but I can’t stand when someone (especially kids) describe something they don’t like as “retarded.”

    Ex: “That commercial’s retarded.”

    It’s just awful.

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  • September 10, 2006 at 12:29 am

    Whenever I’m feeling ill, I say “I’m sick as a dog.” My dog doesn’t look sick though. Why the heck do I say it? Just another silly phrase that I need to toss!

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  • January 21, 2007 at 4:29 am

    Used to say: “Cross my heart and hope to die”

    ::how awful is that?!::

    Changed to: “Cross my heart and hope to live.”

    ::much better, don’t you think?::

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  • April 27, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    How about “in case I get hit by a bus?” I know someone who said that a lot and actually did get hit by a bus. (He’s fine, but his little car was smushed.)

    This used to be common in the tech world. I’d always get asked “how does this code work, in case you get hit by a bus?” And I’d always correct them with “don’t you mean, in case I win the lottery and move to the South of France?” It always got a chuckle.

    I haven’t won the lottery yet but neither have I been hit by a bus. And since I work for myself now, I don’t get asked the question anymore 🙂

  • April 27, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    Hey Jen,

    Good for you. Glad to hear you’re working for yourself. Maybe you’ll ‘make your own lottery’ and move to South of France 🙂

  • November 6, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    I just came across your site today and am really enjoying many of your posts!

    I wanted to comment on this one because it makes soooo much sense!

    I notice that oftentimes when people ask me what I’m doing lately, I’ll respond with, “same ole, same ole… I’m making it…hangin’ in there….” –You know that negative, limiting talk.

    Instead, most of the time, I’m feeling great and am rather happy! Why not respond with an answer that expresses how I’m feeling or better yet, how I’m vibrating!? Instead of saying, “I’m hanging in there” when someone asks what I’ve been doing, I can respond, “I’m doing great! Having fun manifesting and enjoying today!” and you know what? That would be an honest response!

    Thanks for creating this thread!


  • November 14, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    On days I felt horrible I used to say, “I felt like I got hit by a Semi(truck)!”

    One night I had a dream where a semi-truck drove up onto the sidewalk and hit me straight on. After I woke up I was a bit shaken but not surprised it had occurred. I never said that awful line again.


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