The way you speak not only affects how others perceive you; it also has the potential to shape your behavior.
Swapping one word for another could make all the difference in how you approach your goals.
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."