The Power Of Yet

Written by: 
Myke Celis

Not yet.
One of the most disheartening phrases to hear when you have a lot of expectations.
On yourself and on others.

Can you relate?

Oftentimes we associate the word “yet” with delays and detours. And everything else that is not fully in alignment with our plans.

That leads us to think that anything with the word “yet” in it means something bad or disappointing.

Think about it: when was the last time you used the word “yet” and how did you respond to it?

When asked about getting your big break?

When asked about being able to finally pursue your passion?

If you finally found the one after dating so many people?

Have you eaten yet?

And yes, I could go on and on asking you questions that you may have found yourself answering with a phrase or sentence that includes the word “yet.”

Now if you just caught yourself answering from a negative space as you see “yet” in a bad light, then this is your sign to inquire within and hopefully realize that it (the use of yet, I mean) is not really all that bad.

In fact, it can actually be just as empowering as the word “yes”, when used (and viewed) differently.

Here are some of the ways you can use it differently:

  1. See it as a springboard to something great rather than as an end by itself just by adding a statement on a positive note.


Question: Have you achieved your goals for this year?

Answer (seeing it as an end by itself): Not yet. It’s quite hard.

Suggested reframing: Not yet but I truly feel I can make that happen anytime soon as I have new opportunities in the pipeline.

2. Come from a space of curiosity as you explore possibilities.


Question: Have you checked on the latest trends online about coaching?

Answer (coming from a disinterested space, seeing it as an add on task): Not yet. Busy.

Suggested reframing: I have yet to check on them but please do tell me what they’re about as I think they can be of value.

3. Use it as an empowering qualifier instead

Question: Have you addressed your problem completely?

Answer (triggered): Not yet.

Suggested reframing: Having quite a hard time now yet I am learning a lot and I am very much committed to pushing forward, one step at a time.

I hope these reframes help you see the word “yet” through a positive lens moving forward. Allows you to stress less and focus more on improving yourself and what you can still do at the moment.

Remember, delays and detours will always be part of your own #bestmeever journey. so don’t fret.
The best is YET to come.
And that’s something amazing to look forward to.

Begin Your #bestmeever Journey.