Your language shapes the way you approach your goals.

The way you speak not only affects how others perceive you; it also has the potential to shape your behavior, according to Business Insider.

“Swapping one word for another could make all the difference in how you approach your goals.”

achieveCheck out this fascinating new book by Bernard Roth, a professor of engineering at Stanford.  He is also the co-founder and academic director of Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school). His work  introduces the power of design thinking to help you achieve goals you never thought possible. 

In “The Achievement Habit,” Roth suggests several linguistic tweaks that can make you more successful. Here are some of the easiest:

  • Swap “and” for “but”
  • Swap “want to” for “have”
  • Don’t try—DO;
  • Excuses are self-defeating;
  • Believe you are a doer and achiever and you’ll become one;
  • Build resiliency by reinforcing what you do rather than what you accomplish;
  • Learn to ignore distractions that prevent you from achieving your goals;
  • Become open to learning from your own experience and from those around you;
  • And more.

The brain is complex and is always working with our egos to sabotage our best intentions. But we can be mindful; we can create habits that make our lives better. Thoughtful and powerful The Achievement Habit shows you how.

Achievement can be learned. It’s a muscle, and once you learn how to flex it, you’ll be able to meet life’s challenges and fulfill your goals, Roth contends.

In The Achievement Habit, Roth applies the remarkable insights that stem from design thinking—previously used to solve large scale projects—to help us realize the power for positive change we all have within us. Roth leads us through a series of discussions, stories, recommendations, and exercises designed to help us create a different experience in our lives. He shares invaluable insights we can use to gain confidence to do what we’ve always wanted and overcome obstacles that hamper us from reaching our potential.

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