Malcolm Gladwell's book Blink - The art of Thinking without Thinking is a fantastic read.
It looks at the role of our subconscious in making decisions.
The scientific studies Gladwell shares clearly demonstrate the power of words in shaping our lives.
It reminded me of how simple it is to set yourself up for success by focusing on exactly how you want life to be, how you want to feel and to positively prime yourself with words in line with that.
One part of the book talked about being 'primed'. It gave examples of people doing tests where as part of being in the test, subjects were 'primed' or exposed to certain words which had a profound effect on how they then behaved straight afterwards. One test showed that those that were primed with words such as 'wrinkles', 'grey', 'old' & 'worried' moved more slowly afterwards - as an older person would.
Another test showed that those that were primed with words such as 'courteous', 'patient', 'considerate' & 'polite' were much better at waiting and in fact would never interrupt during a 10 minute scenario following the test, whereas those that were primed with the words such as 'bold', 'intrude', 'rude' & 'disturb' all interrupted after about 5 minutes. None of these people were aware at all that they had been primed or that their behaviour had been modified, it just seemed to happen.
It struck me just how powerful the words and images we see, read, listen to and overhear are because of their power to change our behaviour. It reinforced for me just how important it is to be mindful of what we expose ourselves to.
Equally, it reminded me of the power of positive affirmations, words, quotes etc in our lives. By choosing to prime yourself with positive word, images & sounds, you are setting yourself up for success. Even though you may not be consciously aware of the difference it will make, it is proven to be profound!
Annie Dillard once said "How we spend our days is of course, how we spend out life."
Changing our small day to day choices can transform our lives. If we choose to 'prime' ourselves with positive, uplifting words and messages that are in line with our goals, then that will have a profound impact on the little decision and actions we take throughout the day, and thus our life!!
You might like to think of some positive words, phrases or quotes and write them out or type them up and print them out. Stick them up on your mirror, by your bedside table, on your fridge, in your wallet, on the dashboard of your car or anywhere else that you will view them regularly. (Some people even laminate them and put them in the shower!)
Experts say that if you write them out on bright coloured paper, that even just a small square of that same coloured paper in your wallet, by the sink or stuck to your steering wheel will continue to reinforce the positive words to your subconscious each time you see it.
Imagine the positive flow in effect of all of that good stuff going in over time!
In his book Gladwell concludes that contrary to what we might assume, when faced with really important or complex decisions it is actually best not to 'over-think' or gather too much information, but to follow our gut instinct (which has actually been programme by the super computer of your sub-consciousness.)
Gladwell states that "The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter." and that "Truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking." Often we get too much information & sit around thinking about it an it actually clouds our judgement, interesting isn't it!
To get the full picture I do recommend getting the book from your local library or bookstore. The examples he uses show why gut instinct decision making can be so useful. The evidence is so obvious that by the end of the book it all makes sense.
So go out and have confidence to trust your gut instincts a little more, there are scientific reasons backing up its effectiveness!
Go out and positively prime yourself with words in line with your hearts true desires.
You will be amazed at what opportunities present themselves when you constantly remind your subconscious of what you are after!