Self-talk can be inspirational and motivating. It can also be negative and debilitating. But, what’s at the source of this self-talk? After years of ingrained habits, attitudes and responses, it’s sometimes difficult to know if our thoughts are the result of ‘nature’ or ‘nurture.’ Over time, we believe this self-talk and effectively hypnotize ourselves.
The Man Inside Our Head
The Homunculus is a 500 year old term describing the ‘man-inside-our-head’ and used to simply explain how the human brain works. At the time, people believed there was a little man inside our head controlling our thoughts. The little man would say things even when we were not talking. Fast forward 500 years and our view of how the brain works is somewhat more sophisticated.
We know, for example, how long it takes for thoughts to process through our body at speeds ranging from 270 to 1.1 miles per hour. That’s quite a range. At the high end, our bodies react faster than our minds can comprehend what’s happening.
We are conditioned to think that talking to ourselves is an indication of mental instability, but researchers suggest this activity is similar to regular speech and is simply a normal part of human consciousness. At an early age, we verbalize and then internalize these sometimes self-limiting thoughts until they form the basis of the man-inside-our-head.
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Werner Erhard, who helped pioneer a breakthrough collaboration initiative dedicated to lasting peace between Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom, developed theories of “self-awareness” and practical models for helping us become effective leaders.
Werner premised that humans have two states of consciousness, the one we call ourselves and the other that we constantly hypnotize ourselves with, that ‘man-inside-our-head,’ talking to us, bombarding us with both positive and negative thoughts. As we listen to this self-talk, we are influenced by it and begin to believe it, whether real or imagined.
Having focus, knowing what you want, and setting the speed at which you move towards your goals are essential elements for achieving them. These components of thought all amount to our ‘self-talk’ and make up the ‘man-inside-our-head.’ Managing this self-talk is essential to an intentional and deliberate way of creating your own reality.
EFFECTIVE LEADERS ARE AWARE
OF THEIR CURRENT LIMITATIONS AND
EVOLVING MINDSET TO HELP MOVE THEM
TOWARDS THEIR GOALS.
Is the incessant hypnotic voice inside your head your enemy or your friend?
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