It can’t fit in a dictionary.
Every word has a definition. A precise explanation, in language, of what it means. But a definition...
Where does doubt originate? The language in your mind.
Insecurity? Fear? Pessimism? The language in your mind.
Where does confidence originate? The language in your mind.
Optimism? Courage? Motivation? The language in your mind.
If you feel something — like fear or doubt — that you want to change, start by changing your language. If there’s a feeling you don’t have — like motivation or confidence — that you want to create, start by creating your language.
When you feel self-doubt, say to yourself, “What would the most confident version of me say right now?” If you want to super-charge the impact, say it out loud.
If you feel pessimistic, say to yourself, “What would the optimistic version of me say instead?” Again, to increase the impact, say it out loud.
If you feel a lack of motivation, say to yourself, “What does the version of me with great energy say?”
You don’t need to diagnose the language that led to an undesired state of mind, though it can be highly useful for your future self-awareness. Just remember that every attitude, emotion, and mindset originates in your language.
If you can change your language you can change your state of mind.
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Brian Kight is a multi-industry leader on the topics of leadership, culture, and behavior. He provides simple systems that produce exceptional results for organizations, teams, and people.