The Power of Positivity
Remember the saying ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?’ It turns out that it is completely untrue – words can hurt us.
Dr Masaru Emoto – an alternative healer from Japan - has been running experiments for over two decades on the effects that words and intentions have on the quality of water. Given that the human body comprises over 60% water, we need to look at these findings seriously. His research into the shapes created when water is frozen can be seen here.
He has also experimented with the effect different intentions have on the quality of rice. He put identical parcels of cooked rice in two containers. On one container he wrote ‘thank you,’ on another he wrote ‘you fool.’ He then instructed school children to read the labels on the jars out loud everyday when they passed by. After 30 days, the rice in the container with positive thoughts had barely changed, while the other was mouldy and rotten.
Whilst most of the established scientific community has dismissed Emoto’s work as pseudoscience, no one can provide a ‘scientific’ explanation for what is going on.
Dr Emoto believes that intentions have a powerful affect on molecular structures, and that a positive intention helps to improve and grow them, while a negative intention decays and eventually kills them. I believe Dr Emot’s experiments reinforce the truth that everything in the universe is energy - thoughts and emotions have the same basic component as physical matter.
So why is this relevant to business?
Unless we dream of what we can achieve with our businesses, and unless we stay positive about our future successes – we will fail. Many businesses seem to operate with a metaphoric bowl of rice with ‘you fool’ written on it. They buy into the criticism of others, and doubt ourselves. The rice starts to blacken.
But when we dream of what could be – when we set audacious goals for what we can achieve the rice swells and expands.
Of course like most human understanding, this isn’t new thinking. Augustine of Hippo (who died in 430 AD) wrote “miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.” In other words just because we can’t prove something using our current understanding of the laws of nature, doesn’t mean it isn’t true.
Think on that the next time you sit down to enjoy a bowl of rice while planning the future of your business.