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The Three Laws Of Performance: Law 2

Our language shapes our perception.

How a situation occurs, arises in language. Most people don’t realize the profound impact of our language on our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Language is much more than our spoken/written words. It also includes our body language, tone of voice, facial expressions, and other forms of self-expression.

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