Sunday, 28 October 2012

Conducting a Scientific Experiment on Yourself

Author: Scott Greenberg

I am probably the farthest thing from a scientist and definitely have tremendous respect for those who can work that side of the brain, particularly since as a motivational speaker I don't. What I admire about scientists and many left brainers for that matter is how they draw conclusions. They don't work much with feelings like us right brainers do, they work more with facts.

Recently, I spoke to a group of students at a large university about the danger of negative self-talk. (If you've ever seen me speak, you've probably heard all about the "mental heckler.") So many of these college students doubt their ability to compete at this high level institution. They fear the intense workload and sometimes question their social skills. Regardless of the fact that most of these students have already achieved academic success, many of them still feel very insecure. 

Scientists form hypotheses and don't draw conclusions based on their feelings. They use a proven systematic approach of gathering facts to obtain the truth. The first step is to conduct the experiment and then analyze the data. Once the data has been thoroughly analyzed, a conclusion is drawn. In other words, instead of accepting their premonitions as absolute truth, they take action with an outcome in mind, and wait to see what happens.

I think that's a great way for us to measure ourselves. We need to approach life like it's a scientific experiment. We do so by putting ourselves out there, pursue goals with everything we've got in us, and then see what happens next.  By doing this we'll be able to see the real truth in our ability. 

Do you think you're not good enough? Do you think possibly you'll get rejected? Or for that matter just fail all together? Prove it. Conduct your own scientific experiment. Take action and get the facts.

My hypothesis: You're much better than you think. Start today pursuing your goals without any fear of the outcome and without any negative self-talk to steer you in the wrong direction.  By conducting a scientific experiment on yourself based on facts and not personal feelings or hang-ups, you can better assess who you are and where you need to be based on your ability level.  Don't be your own worst enemy or your own worst critic, be forgiving of yourself and confident in your abilities and watch what happens next.    

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About the Author

Motivational speaker Scott Greenberg is a motivational business speaker on the topics of resilience, leadership and peak performance. He is also an award winning customer service expert and author of three books on leadership.

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