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— Bryan Solis
Tonight I had a dream. I guess if you really think about it in retrospect it could be considered a silly meaningless mesh of dreams. However, I just can’t get this looming feeling away from my heart so I figured I would write about it.
In my dream, I was a polar bear.
I like running. That’s a simple enough sentence right?
However, during the progress of running, there is a lot that happens in the background; at least that’s what I think. First, you need to be able to pace yourself. Make sure you’re running at a good speed, don’t forget to control your breathing. Is that a crosswalk coming up soon? Make sure to watch both sides, or that’ll be the last mistake you make in this Earth. Gotta pick the right song, keep your eyes straight ahead. Remember to have a light smile on your face as you cross strangers on the road. Last but not least, try your best to fight off the demons that claw at the back of your head, trying desperately to grab your attention.
Someone told me self discipline was as simple as deciding between what you want, and what you want the most. With that mentality, here I go to yet another 3 hour gym session. Maybe I’ll throw in some rock climbing today to make it interesting!
I was just reading an experimental report by a Harvard-based behavioral scientist Dr.Ellen Langer, and I found it to be extremely interesting so I figured I would share it with you cuties. Dr. Langer had an associate approach a line of people who were waiting to use a Xerox machine and ask if she could cut ahead of the line.
“Excuse me, I have five pages.” she said. “May I use the xerox machine?” Around sixty percent agreed to let her cut in. When the assistant added the word because (“May I use the Xerox machine because I am in a rush?”), 94 percent agreed to let her do so.
Now, you’re probably thinking “Well that’s because in the second one, she gave a logical reason!” Well the study further goes on to debunk that hypothesis as well (which I found fascinating).
Dr. Langer had the associate go in again and simply say “May I use the Xerox machine because I want to make copies,” a staggering 93 perecent of the people STILL let her go. She essentially offered a non-reason and still had 93 percent of the people compliant to her request. Why? That’s the power of the word because. It’s been hard-wired into our brain ever since our childhood (Think of all the times when you ask your parents a question/request and their answer was well, because I said so. Because.).
Isn’t psychology fascinating?!?!?! :D Okay now to go for my run. Teehee
— Jorge Luis Borges