In life you are faced with two interesting dilemmas. One, learning new things to expand your knowledge base, your opinions, your views and your tool box. The second, is just trying to remember and utilize all of the great things that you’ve already learned. Sometimes I love to pull out an old book or article, look back over something I’ve written, or just review some research that fills my files. Othertimes there are some small, often overlooked experiences, that remind us of something really meaningful that we’ve previously learned.
Yesterday I had two such experiences. During the first one, I was talking with a new colleague, Gabriele, a PhD psychologist who works in the area of personal development, team building, and high performance psychology. Her passion is helping women achieve their potential in both sports and business. I was sharing all of the research we have done on women executives and how we are infusing what we’ve found into our exclusive women only open enrollment programs. As I talked about how we added nutritional strategies for pre and post-menopausal hormone shifts, inner and outer beauty, and anti-aging I could hear her excitement because she hears these concerns every day with her clients. Then I shared our mindset approach and how we help our women clients change their self-perception and their thoughts as they learn to compete in a man’s world. At this point, I could tell that Gabriele couldn’t hold her excitement back any longer and she blurted out, “I have to tell you that just hearing all of this has me tingling all over.”
Tingling all over? This was my aha reminder of a statement I had heard from another colleague Candice Pert who wrote the book, Molecules of Emotion. Every single thought energetically impacts every single cell in your body almost instantly. Let me repeat this because this is huge: EVERY single thought impacts EVERY single cell in your body. This means when you show up for your meeting and think, “this meeting is a huge waste of my time”, the muscle cells on the bottom of your feet started to contract with tension. It also means the cells of your adrenal glands started to secrete some stress hormones.
But my second experience yesterday showed me the other side. I picked up my wife from a business trip at the airport and as we were leaving the parking garage I pulled up to “the booth” to pay. You know “the booth”. It’s the box where usually some crunched over person scowls at you and grabs your money. To my shock, a spry and happy woman slid open her window open and sincerely asked me how I was doing. “Great”, I replied, “how are you doing?” Immediately she replied “Excellent”. Excellent I thought, how can a woman in a box that collects parking fees really be excellent? So I said, “Excellent, wow that’s not something I usually hear”. She smiled and said (word for word), “I’m only a girl in a box-but without you there is no box” and then she genuinely smiled.
Instantaneously every single cell in my body, her body, and my wife’s body had a positive reaction. Lesson relearned!
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer