Say these words more often to lead you and your team to success

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When you say certain words more frequently, you could up your chances of success.

We’re not suggesting that simply talking will help you achieve your goals, because nothing beats putting your words into action. But research has found that you can cultivate a mentality and environment conducive to achieving success with the words you speak.

Here are four words that you can use more often to help you and your team reach your goals.


A study from the University of Illinois found that people who psyched themselves up with “you” rather than “I” solved more anagrams. So when you’re feeling nervous before a match, remind yourself: “You‘re ready, you‘ll do great, you got this.” It may seem weird at first to talk to yourself, but scientists have found that those who do are actually smarter.



You didn’t win the gold this time. That only means you didn’t win the gold yet. In her TED presentation, “The Power of Believing You Can Improve”, Carol Dweck explained the power of the word “yet.” The word signifies that you understand that you need to put in work and improve to get to your goal. After all, as they say: “Failure isn’t final.”

If you’re a coach, use this word with your students/ athletes. “We’re not there yet, but we’ll get there.” “Your conditioning isn’t where you need it to be yet, so lets keep at it.”


Want to boost team moral? Use the word “together” more often. According to a Stanford study, people who worked on a challenging project together stuck with it 48 to 64 percent longer than when working alone. So take a page out of Captain America’s book: Drop the T word every now and then.



Learning to say “no” is key to achieving your goals, according to an article published in the Harvard Business Review. Turning down activities (even opportunities) that distract you from your goal or are against your principles is a good way of staying the course and keeping to what matters to you most.

Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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