So, my buddy, Angelo, loaned me his Anthony Robbins CDs on “Gaining the Edge” and “Personal Power.” Now, if you know anything about me, my first reaction to this was, “what a pile of crap.”
But, I mundanely sit throught my routine at work so I thought, “what the hell” and listened to the first hour, and lo and behold he may have a point.
Back in the 1930s, there was some radical work done on how semantic language can affect physiology and psychology — how we unlearn and re-learn behavior. Sociologists can go into this far better than I — the point is that Robbins breaks down fundamental change in the self in three ways:
- To feel different, one must utilize their body differently.
- One’s patterns of focus and beliefs determine their reality
- Patterns of language and speaking enage one’s physiology
In other words, by resorting to primitive behavioral changes, one can rapidly change their self-perception. It seemed so simple I decided to try it, and sure enough — I’m a monkey. By simply sitting up straighter, changing my breathing patterns, focusing on positive emotions like gratitude and accomplishment and speaking aloud to myself that “I think I can — I think I can,” I actually felt more energy and my mood elevated from my of-late dour self.
I’m not saying I’m a freak now and believe I can harness within, but I’ll concede that perhaps Robbins isn’t all full of crap. I’m going to give this a real try and make an effort for the next week or so, and hopefully I won’t become a complete zombie or anything.
Also… I found this decent link full of good information for new dads