The Power of Clarity. He says that when he's talking to an audience, he sometimes asks this question: "If you knew a team of psychologists were evaluating your note-taking today, do you think that would influence how well you took notes?"
Most people agree that yes, they would do a
better job of taking notes. Which means that up until then, they weren't
taking notes as well as they were able to. I thought that was an
interesting mental experiment, and I went on about my day.
that night, after a very trying day, I noticed that my thoughts were
rather grumpy and pessimistic, and I had the thought, "If a team of
psychologists were evaluating my thoughts right now, how would I score?"
And I realized I would be embarrassed at the kinds of things I was
saying to myself right then. Which means I wasn't thinking as well as I
was capable of, and those thoughts, of course, had consequences on my
mood, my actions, and the way I interacted with people.
immediately began improving my thinking and that also had consequences.
I began feeling better and behaving more like the kind of person I want
I pass this idea onto you now. It is very
effective: Next time you're in a bad mood, imagine a team of
psychologists are evaluating your thoughts. Is there anything you would
Adam Khan is the author of Antivirus For Your Mind: How to Strengthen Your Persistence and Determination and Feel Good More Often and co-author with Klassy Evans of How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English).