"Be impeccable with your word." - The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (a Toltec Wisdom book) by Don Miguel Ruiz.
My parents have always said words have power. Even if you don't mean it, saying something negative can have power over you and affect outcomes. I've always believed this to be true, too. When I think negatively, like when I doubt my ability to succeed in writing, I try not to completely voice those concerns. I believe it creates a metaphorical boulder I have to carry around with me, making it that much harder to succeed on an already difficult journey.
I have not read The Four Agreements. I was, instead, reading an interview of an actor I have a mild obsession with -- Jeff Bridges -- and he used that quote.
Be impeccable with your word.
"What that means is that words are very powerful - not only the words that you say to other people, but the words that you say to yourself. Those are the most important. They're almost like spells," Bridges says in the February 18, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone.
I found the timing of my reading of this interview fortuitous.
So I shall, instead, cast happy spells on myself. I will succeed; I will find my new venture refreshing and wonderful; I will slip into it like a worn glove; I will find peace and comfort in it; my spirit will be renewed.