Words of Wisdom: “You Build Your Road With Your Words”-Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys delivers a powerful Words of Wisdom video on the power of the words we speak over our lives.

In this clip from Oprah’s Master Class, Alicia talks about how negative she was in her early career as far as achieving new heights. She used to tell her writing partner, Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, “Well, probably with my luck, we’re never going to do this or that.” It was funny to her but Krucial never understood it and called her out on it. “That’s how it’s going to be if you say it’s how it’s going to be,” he told her.

It was then that she realized that the things we say nonchalantly over our lives (“Oh, that probably won’t happen for me” Or IF that actually happens…”) has power. They reflect what we really think about ourselves, our abilities and our future. If our words and thoughts about the trajectories of our lives are negative, how could we ever truly produce something positive and successful? If we don’t believe in ourselves and our work, and keep downplaying ourselves, we probably won’t give 100% to it which affects our results in the long run.

I’m learning this and trying to speak more positively to myself and have a stronger belief in myself. Because honestly, if you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else?

Watch Alicia’s wise words below.

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