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Bernard Roth: Stamford professor says


eliminating two phrases can make you
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Swapping one word for another could make all the difference in how
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Shana Lebowitz, Business Insider | Tuesday 9 February 2016 09:32 BST | !

The way you speak not only aects how others perceive you; it
also has the potential to shape your behaviour.
Swapping one word for another could make all the dierence in
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Science says parents of successful kids have these 11 things


in common

That's according to Bernard Roth, a professor of engineering at


Stanford and the academic director of Stanford's Hasso Plattner
Institute of Design, the d.school.
In his new book, The Achievement Habit, Roth suggests several
linguistic tweaks that can make you more successful. Here are
two of the easiest:

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.
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He writes: When you use the word but, you create a conict
(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 nd 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.

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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 eective in getting people to realize that
what they do in their lives even the things they nd
unpleasant are in fact what they have chosen, he says.
For example, one of Roth's students felt he had to take the math
courses required for his graduate program, even though he hated
them. At some point after completing the exercise, he realized
that he really did want to take the classes because the benet of
completing the requirement outweighed the discomfort of sitting
through classes he didn't enjoy.

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Both of these tweaks are based on a key component of a problemsolving strategy called design thinking. When you employ this
strategy, you try to challenge your automatic thinking and see
things as they really are.
And when you experiment with dierent language, you may
realize that a problem isn't as unsolvable as it seems, and that you
have more control over your life than you previously believed.
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