Do you think your words matter? Do you think it matters what your self image is? Does it really matter if you think you are fat and lazy or if you think you are lean and healthy? This experiment will shed some light on how you view yourself and therefore the world around you. It may answer some questions about why things are the way they are in your world.
This is a real experiment that was done by a fitness professional down in Florida named Billy Beck III. He originally did the Rice Experiment (inspired by Japanese researcher Dr. Masaru Emoto) and it received thousands of views. He duplicated the experiment with eggs. Here is how they did it:
1. Place in 3 separate containers together in an isolated room.
2. One of the containers was marked “love” and was told positive phrases.
3. One of the containers were marked “fear” and was told negative phrases.
4. One final container was left unmarked and completely ignored.
5. Each day someone would enter the room and say phrases to the jars that corresponded with their labels.
6. The unmarked container was completely ignored.
At the end of his experiment, the “love” container was by far the cleanest. There was much less mold growth. The “fear” container was moldy, putrid, and looked generally terrible. What was most interesting though, was that the ignored container was by far in the worst shape. It could be said that this experiment is evidence that our words really do matter. Our words come from our thoughts so to break it down even further our self image is extremely important.
If you view yourself as fat and lazy you will speak that way about yourself and guess what? You will live up to those expectations.
On the flip side, if you view yourself as lean and healthy, you will speak that way about yourself and live up to those expectations.
I have seen this time and time again over the years working with people in the fitness industry. Clients lose weight, but if their self image doesn’t change, the weight comes right back. They will self-sabotage through negative self talk and, like the egg experiment, prove that words do in fact affect environment.
So you can ignore it and end up like the nasty egg or you can change it. How do you change it? Glad you asked.
Who you hang around and what you read, watch and listen to is a great place to start. Take inventory of your life. If you are constantly focused on the negative then you need to start putting some positive in.
A great book to start with is Andy Andrew’s The Traveler’s Gift. After reading this book I realized that I really could affect the world around me with my words and actions.
The worst thing you can do is nothing.
A lot of people have attempted to recreate this experiment, so there’s plenty to see on YouTube. Here’s one: