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Episode 59: The Power of Words

Video Highlights

- The words you use are important.
- Changing your words can influence other things to change.
- Two great examples of the power of words.

Hi, everybody. Dr. Eric Cobb back with you.

Hope you’re again having a fantastic week and a fantastic summer.

This week, I want to talk about something simple but profound. It’s the power of words.

If you’ve looked at a lot of the blogs that I’ve done previously, you know that I always talk about the idea that humans are capable of change. We have this brain that is a plastic brain. It’s a bendy brain. We can change it by conscious choice and conscious directives.

But the problem is that very often we forget what our conscious directives are until the day is gone. I talk a lot about using reminders and systems and building an environment that just helps you be better in your life.

I ran across an article this week that really is a fantastic representation of what I’m talking about. It’s an article about how one man used his computer password that he had to put in multiple times a day at work to really change his life. What we’ve done is we’ve put a link to that article at the end of the video. Please take the time to read it and please take the time to apply it. It is profoundly interesting, and I think it’s a fantastic example of someone thinking outside the box and going, “Hey, I want my life to be different. I know that words are powerful. How can I get the right words into my life?”

The second thing I’m going to do after this blog is also put in a link for a fantastic video that we show regularly at our course, where we deal with food. One of the things that we talk about in our sustenance class, which is our nutrition class, is just how often the changes that we need to make in our diet are not about changing about our diet. They’re about changing our environment. They’re about changing our inner drives. So we spend a lot of time talking about communication.

In that class, there’s a fantastic video from a marketing firm in the UK. It’s called The Power of Words. I’m going to ask you to watch it, and I’m going to as you to think about it. Most people, when they watch it the first time, it’s just shocking. You go, “Holy cow, that’s so powerful.” The human brain is wired for communication. It is our primary survival tool as a group. It’s also our primary survival tool to ourselves. We either talk to ourselves or we think to ourselves in images or pictures. What I want you to understand basically from this blog, is that the repetitive use of words has power in your life. How you talk to yourself, is going to make a difference.

As you watch these blogs, I’d love for you to again think about how you could apply them in a practical sense, as you read the article particularly. As you watch the video, what I’d love for you to do is think about the power of words, and think about the words that you consistently say to yourself about the changes that you’re trying to make in your life.

I think if you’ll do this little exercise, and again it’s not super specific this week. But if you will do this exercise and start paying attention to what you write, what you think, you may find some really profound thoughts or insights into ways that you can more quickly and more easily create the changes that you want in your habits and your lifestyle.

That’s it for this week.

I hope that you really enjoy the article, really enjoy the video attached. They are very powerful.

If you have questions about them or comments, please let us know. Other than that, I’ll look forward to talking to you soon.

Thanks.

Article: How a password changed one man’s life for the better : http://goo.gl/8RSUK0

The Power of Words: http://youtu.be/Hzgzim5m7oU

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