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Things Become Thoughts

February 3, 2018


Today, let’s prime!


In psychology, “Priming is the implicit memory effect in which exposure to a stimulus influences response to a later stimulus.”


What the? Huh?


Phooey. Let’s make this simple: things become thoughts.


One of my favorite quotes is, “Thoughts Become Things.” Priming is simply knowing the opposite is true, too. things can become thoughts.


We’re constantly bombarded by bad news: negative social media, fire, war, crime, etc.  We are constantly affected by our external environment, by what we are consciously and unconsciously exposed to.


You become more resilient when you surround yourself with a positive environment. Your rooms, your offices, your cubicles, your child’s rooms… make them reflect what you love.

  • Put up pictures (people, places, art, etc.).

    • It doesn’t matter if you don’t notice them. You’re still being primed. Shift them around if you want so you continue to notice them. It triggers on the subconscious level.

  • Pleasant objects

    • Memorabilia, flowers, etc. Something from an experience. Even if you don’t notice, they affect you.

  • Favorite quotes on the wall

    • Even if you don’t see them all the time, they are there. Words are powerful.

  • Favorite books, films, music next to you

    • Watch them over and over. It inspires. It makes you smile, cry and laugh.


Yesterday, a friend of mine texted me this picture of her home work area. She organized it and surrounded herself with inspirational and meaningful things. When she sent it, she wrote, "I'm recharging my energy." She didn't know it at the time, but she was "priming."


Spend some time today recharging your energy. Look at your areas. Does what you see reflect what you want to be? If not, start priming... start recharging. 😉






P.S. If you want some of the science, a classic study by psychologist and Harvard professor, Ellen Langer, shows just how much one’s environment can affect behavior. Langer and her colleagues organized a five-day retreat for volunteer subjects, all men in their early 70s. The men spent the five days living as if they were 20 years younger—they were surrounded by magazines, music, and movies from 20 years before, and they were encouraged to speak in the present tense about topics they would have discussed when they were in their 50s. After just five days in this environment, the men performed significantly better on cognitive tests, exhibiting greater concentration, attention, and memory skills. Their physical health also improved—they had better posture, eyesight, hearing, and flexibility. The environment had actually lowered their mental and biological ages.

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