More often than not, we overlook the magnitude of our word choice. When employed with purpose, language is an incredibly powerful tool. The manner in which we discuss our goals is a physical thrust towards the outcome of our endeavors. This is something that I began taking notice of my senior year of high school. Surrounded by people who kept telling me how unlikely it was that my baseball career would ever amount to anything, I began discussing it in a way that did not truly reflect my beliefs. The biggest indication of this is the use of “if” instead of “when.” It is far more socially acceptable to say “if”—if I am fortunate enough, if everything works out, the list goes on. How sad is that? The word “if” takes a goal that we have set and makes it sound like our fate is out of our hands. More often than not, WE see the vision; however, we don’t want to sound full of ourselves or arrogant so we don’t say things like “when I am drafted.” It is a shame society has created insecurity around this kind of language. To say “when” does not make you conceited. “When” affirms that you believe in your craft, in yourself, and that you fully expect to achieve your goals. One day it clicked. I made a decision. All the work that I had put in was not going to be squandered. My ability to wake up at 4:30 to train before school was evidence enough that I whole-heartedly expected to achieve the goal that I was working towards; it was time that expectation was reflected in my language. I know the odds, I get it, but I am going to talk about my goals as if they will be accomplished until I am no longer physically able to chase them. From there, new goals will be set and the same mentality will be applied to them. After all, if you cannot even convince yourself to be certain you will succeed, how can you possibly expect anyone else to have faith in you?