We choose to do things - Role of Wording

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Wording is important in establishing your mindset on things. On this blog, in most cases, I choose to use a 'self-deterministic' choice of words: I choose to do something; I don't have to do something.

It's a simple difference of 'choosing' to work vs 'having' to work.

I think this has several important benefits for well-being:

  • It affirms that you are in control (even if you think you are not; helps convince yourself)
  • It encourages gratitude for the opportunities you are given and choosing to take, rather than experiences you are forced to suffer through
  • These two combined likely decrease stress and increases your happiness
  • This encourages intrinsic motivation
  • This positive wording will make you dread tasks less, decreasing likelihood of procrastination

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