It has been absolutely FREEZING in New York this week- I mean painfully cold. Yesterday while walking to get my lunch I was so taken by the cold that I started repeating in my head Oh My G-d it’s so cold…over and over and over again. I continued to feel colder and colder. Later on I went back outside, and for whatever reason I didn’t feel the bite in the air and said to myself wow it’s so much warmer outside. I didn’t secure my scarf or put my hood up- it honestly felt about 10 degrees warmer to me. Last night when getting out of my car and walking toward my destination I remember thinking here I go back into the tundra, and what followed was that feeling of severe cold. However, later on when I went back outside- when it would logically be colder I said to myself “hm not feeling so bad anymore” and then what followed was a normal walk to the car and not a dart as I had done just a few hours ago. It got me thinking about the effect the words I was telling myself had on my perception of the weather. I remember checking the thermometer in the car only to see that there was a variation of 1-2 degrees up and down within these time periods. Certainly those degrees do not create great enough of a difference to feel more or less cold. I decided that I had influenced my feelings on the weather with the words I said. I was discussing this with my mom and she brought up a similar example. She said that when my sisters and I were babies learning to walk, if we fell and she reacted with shrieks of nervousness we would automatically cry harder. However, if we fell and she came to us with a smile we would barely cry. The book As a Man Thinketh discusses the idea that the direction of our thoughts influences how we feel and behave. Certainly actually expressing ideas- by speaking them as I did in my example- has a similar impact. So with this in mind we can essentially talk ourselves into feeling a certain way about something, both in a positive or negative direction. We all encounter disappointing situations, if we say to ourselves, this did not work out in my favor but I still have “x” good thing going right now. Or I didn’t get the results I was hoping for with this project but now I know what changes to make which will yield a better outcome…then essentially we are putting our minds in a positive place. When you play the poor me fiddle, a sad you emerges. Take control of your positivity… and speak or think in that direction. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the results. Feeling great beats feeling awful- a both captain obvious but captain true statement. Go for the former.