Words like "just, " "only " and "sort of " appear often in everyday language. This kind of minimizing speech softens the impact of what is being said, but more often than not, it also leads to indirectness and a lack of intention in one's communication. Eliminating words that minimize, even when talking to yourself, will help you clarify your purpose and goals.
This week, I will practice assertive communication by avoiding the use of minimizing words. I will use these opportunities to clarify what I'm really trying to say.