Talking to yourself is the first sign of madness. - Nobody knows the origin.
This quote is familiar to most of us from our childhood, and to this day - we are so afraid of being insane that we never actually talk out loud to ourselves. Singing in the shower does not count.
Yet, as we shall see - science argues that talking to oneself is actually a sign of sanity and intelligence. So, without further ado, this weeks action will be as simple as:
⚡ The Action
Talk to yourself for one hour straight. Outloud.
P.S. I want to talk to you too, join this week’s Zoom meeting here.
🤔 The Why
When I started working on this #Action, I was simply following my gut feeling combined with something that Alan Watts once said.
However, as I was unraveling the topic - research convinced me of benefits in all kinds of fields: improved memory, better focus, increased clarity of thought, stronger motivation, better work-performance, enlarged attention span, you name it.
It makes sense. Talking is yet another form of interactivity between your brain and reality, and if you use it, then naturally - you will have a better connection to that reality.
Perhaps it is not quite so insane to talk to yourself after all.
🧐 The How - Full Version
First, you could refresh your memory from Action #0002, on having a meeting with yourself.
Then, during your allotted time-slot, have the following discussions with yourself:
Motivational: Give yourself a bit of a boost, but make sure you talk to yourself in third-person for this one: “Aija can do this!” “Mo has got it in the bag!” “David can succeed!”
Focus: Perhaps one of the most important things in life is to not lose your focus, especially in today’s world. Repeat the focus of your life out loud, and then go more granular into smaller goals and tasks.
Decision Making: Discuss your life problems and potential choices you need to make - out loud. List the pros, the cons.
Goal Setting: Use the time to set some goals for yourself, and discuss them with yourself.
Memory: Go back in memory, and talk to yourself about your childhood.
These are just some of the ideas, feel free to go full-out-crazy and come up with your own.
🐨 Lazy Mode
If you can’t find the full hour, then experiment doing it during your day-to-day activities. In the car, between Zoom calls, etc. Ask yourself a question, compliment yourself, or simply say your current thoughts out loud.
💖 Personal Application
Have you ever seen a professional athlete mutter something right before they were about to attempt a world record? If not, check out Yelena Isinbayeva doing it.
Doing so puts you in a different state of mind, as you are using all of your senses to bring yourself to the task. In addition to all the studies, I feel that speaking out loud also forces you to be present at the moment.
Go, try it out, I challenge you to talk to yourself and to get lost in the past or get entangled in the future.
💸 Professional Application
Well, if you do speak to yourself at work, it can get you into trouble, and make you feel right at home on the set of The Office.
However, the benefits can definitely outweigh the costs. Great companies are insanely focused, and people in them are great at decision-making.
Talking to yourself about focus, and your decisions can definitely improve your skills in both.
If you work for yourself, check this video out & thank me later.
📚 Resources & Bibliography
This Weeks Zoom Meetup: Friday 26th Of March. 5:15 PM GMT +2
Talking & Goals
Talking As Main Working Tool For Humans
Perks Of Talking To Yourself
Talking & Visual Memory + Performance
Talking & Motivation
Talking To Yourself: A Sign Of Sanity
The List Of All Actions
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💕 Zoom Meetup (Not Clubhouse)
Our weekly meetup, under the request of a number of you, will not take place on Zoom, but will instead be held over Zoom, in the hopes that more of you can join.
Please come and talk to us about talking to yourselves on Friday at 17:10 GMT +2. The calendar event can be found here. The direct link to the meeting is here.