Listening To Our Language

Reactive Language

  • There’s nothing I can do.
  • That’s just the way I am.
  • He makes me so mad. They won’t allow that.
  • I can’t. I must. If only.

“A serious problem with reactive language is that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Proactive Language

  • Let’s Look at our alternatives.
  • I can choose a different approach.
  • I control my own feelings.
  • I can present the idea. I choose.
  • I prefer.
  • I will.