Anybody who has more than a passing interest in Neuro-linguistic programming will understand that your thoughts and your words help to shape your actions and likely results from any interaction.
It is therefore no surprise that carrying out some linguistic tweaks may just change your attitude to stimuli and how you react to them, leading to greater achievements and a more balanced lifestyle.
Bernard Roth, a professor of engineering at Stanford and the academic director of Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.
In his new book, “The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life,” Roth suggests several linguistic tweaks that can make you more successful. Here are two of the easiest that you can literally start doing TODAY:
1. Swap ‘but’ for ‘and’
You might be tempted to say, “I want to go to the movies, but I have work to do.”
Instead, Roth suggests saying, “I want to go to the movies, and I have work to do.”
He writes: “When you use the word but, you create a conflict (and sometimes a reason) for yourself that does not really exist.” In other words, it’s possible to go to the movies as well as do your work — you just need to find a solution.
Meanwhile, when you use the word and, “your brain gets to consider how it can deal with both parts of the sentence,” Roth writes. Maybe you’ll see a shorter movie; maybe you’ll delegate some of your work.
2. Swap ‘have to’ for ‘want to’
Roth recommends a simple exercise: The next few times you say “I have to” in your mind, change have to want.
“This exercise is very effective in getting people to realise that what they do in their lives — even the things they find unpleasant — are in fact what they have chosen,” he says.
For example, instead of saying “I have to do the dishes” say “I want to do the dishes” – because the reward of having a tidy kitchen is actually greater than the unpleasantness of the dishes.
Try it today and help yourself be better, get better, achieve more.
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