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Positive language, the elastic band technique
by Tony Cockle - Monday, 21 June 2010, 01:29 PM

Earlier this week a departmental manager mentioned in frustration that he could; ”do no more” and I pointed out that his language was limiting his ability to influence his environment. One suggestion is to consciously focus on positive language in relation to deadlines and objectives, especially when feeling under pressure. The key is to create a physiological response in order to help memorise a new pattern of thought.

Place an elastic band on your wrist and every time you hear yourself saying "I can do no more", ping the band on the underside (but not too hard). Next, replace the thought or phrase that you had with a more open or constructive version such as "I can improve this further” or “I can ask for advice” ". This is known as a ‘pattern interrupt’ and is highly effective. The discomfort of the band pinging will accelerate behaviour change.

To take this a step further and eradicate all negative language, ping the band every time a negative thought or statement is made.

Try it, you'll be surprised how red your wrist becomes, but how quickly the habit changes

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