I remember my dad teaching me the power of language at a very young age. Not only did my dad understand that specific words affect our mental pictures, but he understood words are a powerful programming factor in lifelong success.
One particularly interesting event occurred when I was eight. As a kid, I was always climbing trees of our lake house.
Once I climbed the top of a 30-foot tree swinging back and forth. It was fun to be up so high.
My older cousin, Tammy, was also in the same tree. About ten feet below me.image008
Tammy’s mother also noticed us at the exact time my dad did.
About that time a huge gust of wind came over the tree. I remember my dad’s voice over the wind yell, “Bart, Hold on tightly.” So I did. The next thing I know, that Tammy had fallen out of the tree.
My dad later told me why she fell and I did not. Apparently, when Tammy’s mother felt the gust of wind, she yelled out, “Tammy, don’t fall!” And Tammy did. Fall.
My dad then explained to me that the mind has a very difficult time processing a negative image. In fact, people who rely on internal pictures cannot see a negative at all.
This concept is especially useful when you are attempting to break a habit or set a goal . You can’t visualize not doing something. The only way to properly visualize not doing something is to actually find a word for what you want to do and visualize that.