I heard Alicia Keys speak about the moment she realized the power of words. Her response, she says, was to banish the word "if" from her vocabulary. And to change the way she spoke.
I think about ifs often. I think about every possible outcome of any given situation because I want to be prepared for anything. But the energy and time I spend focusing on the possibility of failing could instead be manifested as an effort toward success. Does that make sense?
This is of course a process. Teaching oneself to change the way they speak is not automatic. But I've found that some words begin to lose their appeal. And eventually the way you speak changes completely. And so does everything else in your life.