YOU NEED TO CONTROL NEGATIVITY TODAY | Trevor Moawad on Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu

Key Takeaways

  • Saying something out loud, makes it ten times more powerful than if it’s just thought
    • Don’t externalize negative thoughts
    • Your thoughts may be a swirl, but you’re always in control of what you say
  • Negativity is four to seven times more powerful than positivity
  • “The only thing that makes the past predictive, is if your behavior stays the same” – Trevor Moawad
  • What’s in your control?
    • What we watch
    • What we listen to
    • Who we talk to when we pick up the phone
    • What we say out loud
  • Your behavior defines your success
  • Make hope a habit – it is powerful medicine
  • Your choices are limited by what you want to achieve

Intro

Trevor Moawad (T: @TrevorMoawad) is a renowned mental conditioning expert and strategic advisor to some of the world’s most elite performers. In 2017, he was named the “Sports World’s Best Brain Trainer” by Sports Illustrated. He is author of It Takes What It Takes

Books Mentioned

It Takes What It Takes by Trevor Moawad – how to think neutrally and gain control of your life

Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl – descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival

Why Negative thinking is more powerful than positive thinking

  • Nobody wants to be told to be positive when their life is tanking: middle of a divorce or a quarterback who threw three interceptions
  • Negativity is amplified through externalization
    • Saying something out loud, makes it 10X more powerful than if it’s just thought
    • Negativity is 4-7X more powerful than positivity
    • When you say something negative out loud, its 40-70X more likely to end with a negative result than if you didn’t say anything
  • Trevor worked with Coach Nick Saban at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide) and emphasized psychological education
    • Most teams only treat players when there’s a problem, but Saban wanted to make their best players better
    • Saban also wanted a sustainable plan — 35% of players graduate & take their success mindset with them
      • Saban discovered negativity was the most powerful element players were combating
      • The goal: can we get players not to say stupid things out loud?
      • No positive thinking was preached, just eliminating complaining about heat, coaches and general circumstances
      • Over time, players stopped verbalizing negativity

Why Externalizing Negative Thoughts is Damaging

  • People tend to observe and report:
    • “I’m not playing well”, “we’re having a bad quarter”, “my marriage isn’t going well”
  • “If you say stupid . . . out loud, you’re predicting and perpetuating exactly what you don’t want to have happen”- Trevor Moawad
  • Your thoughts may be a swirl, but you’re always in control of what you say
  • Bill Buckner, eight-time golden glove player for the Red Sox, let a ground ball go between his legs which gave the Mets the World Series
    • Days before theWorld Series, Buckner said his nightmare scenario would be letting a ground ball between his legs
    • Saying his fear out loud increased the probability of the negative outcome. It created a subconscious plant in his mind.
  • Psychogenic death – one third of all Korean War POW’s died, in part, because they were given no positivity, were fed negative news about the US, weren’t given mail from home, were told they were forgotten
    • They would walk over to the corner and die of broken hearts

Shift into Neutral

  • Neutral – the point where you can go forward by changing your behavior or go backwards to the same old habit of negative talk
    • What you do is going to determine who you are in the future not how you feel about your past

Don’t Let Your Past Predict Your Future

  • The past is real BUT the only thing that makes it predictive, is if your behavior stays the same” – Trevor Moawad
  • Behavior predicts success
    • Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks quarterback, is 5’10” & was told he shouldn’t play pro football
    • But he behaved like the best quarterback, behaved like he’s bigger and his behavior led to success
  • Language and behavior are what can change you

Starting Points To Behavior Change

  • Ask yourself: What do I want?  why don’t it have it? what am I willing to do to get it?
  • Don’t say stupid stuff out loud
  • Be mindful of what you consume
  • What’s in your control?
    • What we watch at home
    • What we listen to in car
    • Who we talk to when we pick up the phone
    • We control what we say out loud
  • Your behavior defines your success

How You Can Use Hope

  • When you become helpless you become hopeless
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankel – talks about the author’s time in five concentration camps
    • He said you could tell within 72 hours when someone was going to die. They would give up hope and stop fighting
  • Make hope a habit – it is powerful medicine
  • No matter what you’re facing, you can influence your future
    • When you’re in control of your behavior – you’re helpful to yourself
    • Think of five things NOT to do that would make you better

The Illusion of Choice

  • There are NOT an infinite number of choices
  • Choices are limited by what you want to achieve
  • You can achieve anything if you’re willing to get behind behaviors that drive success
  • Seattle Seahawks coach, Pete Carroll will let players go to bed at 5 am as long as they can perform come game time
    • He knows, the players will figure out they can’t perform if they go to bed at 5 am – the illusion of choice

What impact do you want to leave with the world?

  • “I want to demystify thinking, the idea that change is a challenge”- Trevor Moawad

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