The words you use don’t just express what you’re thinking and feeling; they also tell your brain how to think and feel. Losers use words that make them bigger losers; winners use words that make them more successful. I’ve seen several anonymous versions of this list on the web but I’ve made some changes and additions based on my personal experience:

 

  • A loser says “This is your problem.”
  • A winner says “Here is my solution.”

 

  • A loser says “That’s not my job.”
  • A winner asks “How can I help?”

 

  • A loser says “It’s totally impossible.”
  • A winner says “Anything is possible.”

 

  • A loser says “I’ve done enough for now.”
  • A winner says “What needs to be done next?”

 

  • A loser says “It’s not my fault.”
  • A winner says “I made a mistake. Let’s move on.”

 

  • A loser says “At least I’m not as bad as that other guy.”
  • A winner says “My role models inspire me to up my game.”

 

  • A loser says “I only work here.”
  • A winner says “I’m committed to our success.”

 

  • A loser says “Thank God it’s Friday.”
  • A winner says “Once I’ve rested I’ll be more effective.”

 

  • A loser says “Things could be worse.”
  • A winner says “Things can be better.”

 

  • A loser says “This is the way it’s always been done.”
  • A winner says “Let’s figure out the best way to do it.”

 

  • A loser says “I don’t have the time.”
  • A winner says “If it’s important, I’ll find the time.”

 

  • A loser says “Yeah, but…”
  • A winner says either “I agree” or “I disagree.”

 

  • A loser says “I will try.”
  • A winner says “I will succeed.”

 

  • A loser says “That’s just my luck.”
  • A winner says “I make my own luck.”

 

  • A loser says “What’s the point of trying?”
  • A winner says “I’ll eventually get it right.”

 

  • A loser says “That’s good enough.”
  • A winner says “Let’s make it better.”

 

  • A loser says “Life’s a bitch and then you die.”
  • A winner says “Let’s change the world.”