What are you like when you need to get up in the morning? Do you press snooze at least twice or do you jump out of bed, clap your hands and say ‘what a great day to be alive!’ If you are the latter you may lose friends quickly…
Having to get out of bed or having to go to a networking event when you are not in the mood can seem like unpleasant experiences. If we strip them down, they are in fact just experiences and it is we who give them the label of being pleasant or unpleasant.
Think of an experience or action that you love to do. Do you see the image clearly? Is it in colour? How does it make you feel? Now think of an experience that you don’t like. How is the image different from the first? How does your posture change?
Now, take that upleasant image (e.g. a networking event) and give it the characteristics of the pleasant image (e.g. a great holiday) – make the image sharp, colourful and full of energy. How do you feel now?
I tried this technique this morning and jumped out of bed as if I had been plugged into the mains.
If we can trick the mind, which one is more intelligent?