In my recent YouTube video I talked about language and how it can significantly impact your results. How would you like to get better results by making a pretty simple change and that is through your language? Our language is a very powerful indicator of whether we succeed or we fail. Let us explore this.
Unconscious vs conscious mind
Let’s have a look at how language impacts our results. In my previous videos/blogs I talked a lot about conscious mind and unconscious mind. The conscious mind is a logical, goal setter side of our brain. Our unconscious mind is our emotions centre. It’s like a four -year old kid and is quite emotional. It stores our memories, beats our heart, reads us but is also our emotional centre. It’s the thing that quite often gets in the way of whether we are going to be successful or not.
What does that have to do with language? What you say is like a direct instruction to your unconscious mind. The things that you say out loud and the things that you say in your head are a direct command. I was listening to Dr Phill the other day and he said that we think ten times faster than we speak. Then imagine the things that you are saying to yourself. Would you say that to your best friend if they came to you for advice in the same situation? Probably not.
How does language and the use of language impact our results?
The unconscious mind doesn’t really take negatives really well. If we say to a child “don’t run”, what do they do? They run. Are you saying things the way you want them? You really need to say it the way you want it. Instead of saying “don’t run” you would say “walk”. Instead of saying to yourself “don’t forget your paperwork”, “remember your paperwork”. If you say to yourself “I can’t do” something your brain will believe you.
You’ve probably stood in front of the pantry or the cupboard before and someone says to you “go and get the sauce that’s in the cupboard”. You are standing in front of the cupboard and saying “I can’t see it, I can’t see it”. Your brain will go with you and you won’t be able to see. They come up and say “here it is it was right in front of you”. The things that you are saying out loud and the things that you think are like a direct instruction. Watch those negatives because they can get in the way of your desired results. Say it the way you want it.
What are you actually saying to yourself?
When times are tough what is the language you are using? Catch the language you are using with yourself. It will give you an idea about your belief system that you have in place. What do you really believe about yourself? Your language will directly come from your belief system about yourself.
Here is an example of language at play.
My younger son who has recently started doing swimming competitions had a swimming carnival at school. In our family we say you have to do at least one race.
He decides to do the 50 meter free style. He hasn’t really done 50 metres before in one go. We were practicing in the lead up to the race. He did it once. But when he went to practice again he started stopping and starting.
We looked at technique and breathing. But then it dawned on me and I asked him: what are you saying to yourself in that moment? What are you imagining? And for him it was that he was going to run out of breath.
We worked on both of those, changed the language and we gave him something different to say to himself. We gave him the strategy that he can take as many breaths as he likes. He could take his time. However the language in his head was that it was going to be hard.
So instead of saying to himself “oh my God this is hard, I’m going to run out of breath” as he was swimming we gave him something else to say which is what do you want it to be? He says, ”I want this to be easy”. So nice and easy became his mantra. We gave him new language to use. Now this was something he was using as a pattern interrupt whilst he was swimming.
Could I have worked with him on self-limiting beliefs that were underneath that? For sure. But to get him through the swimming race we did a pattern interrupt, placed it and challenged his thinking and as he was swimming it became “going nice and easy”.
How can language work in your favour?
Think about this: where has your language gotten in the way of results that you want as we come into hard times? Are you saying to yourself “my goodness my business is going to fail or I’ve got no opportunities to speak anywhere”? That puts you in a very un-resourceful state. We want you to be in a resourceful state so that you can then take advantage of changes and you can keep moving on.
Language, language, language! Check in and become more aware of your language. What is the language you are using? Are you saying it the way you want it? If not, we need to change it so say it is the way you want it. The “don’t run” becomes “walk”. Instead of “forget” we want to “remember.
Go and have a play with language. Start first with noticing the language you are using and then change it to say the way you want it and notice how things become a little easier. There will be more work to do underneath for mindset work but this is a great place to start.
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