78. Learn a new definition each day.
By now you have hopefully begun to understand the power of words. The words we choose to put in our head and the ones we use to describe ourselves are the foundation for how we traverse the challenges in life. If we hope to increase the power of the words we choose to describe ourselves and increase our probability to reach new levels, we must increase the number of words that we understand. To expand the ability of our own personal computer known as our brain, we must provide it with the ability to do so. This comes from increasing our vocabulary to give ourselves more power for success.
There are many ways to achieve this Tool. The simplest is to look up a new word in the dictionary each day. The key to doing this is just like this book’s system; do it daily and consistently. Maybe you do it in the morning as you sit down to breakfast. If you have a family, you can do it at dinner so everyone learns the new definition. You may even let a different family member pick the word that night. I know there are also desk calendars that have a new definition each day. How you do it doesn’t matter as much as doing it and doing it in a format that will be consistent.
Successful people choose their words carefully. But to have words to choose means you need to increase your ability to do so. This daily ritual can go a long way in many areas in which you are trying to achieve success. In your work and school environments the benefit is obvious. Expanding your vocabulary increases your ability to communicate; a crucial component to success in work and scholastics. It also enhances your ability to increase awareness in the world around you.
Understanding more clearly things that you may read or hear will increase your ability to take more away from those particular interactions. Lastly, we want to know how best to describe ourselves now and who we want to be. Our mission statement provides that foundation. The better words we can choose to fortify that statement provides us with the ability to build a stronger foundation, thus allowing us to build bigger and better projects for our life.