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Episode 14 of my podcast is one of my most listened to, though it may not be for all the right reasons.
The title of that episode is The Importance of Listening to Audio in Personal Development.
My podcast is called The New Music Industry Podcast, so my target audience is musicians. I think this podcast episode attracted a general personal development crowd as much as the audience I was (and still am) speaking to.
There’s nothing wrong with that, however, and in this post, I’ll be going a little deeper into the topic.
The Impact of Words on Water
The human adult body is comprised of up to 60% water.
Similarly, 71% of the earth’s surface is covered in water.
Dr. Masaru Emoto is famous for conducting a variety of experiments with water, exposing it to words, pictures, or music.
His findings point to the idea that the water exposed to positive speech and thoughts form visually pleasing crystals, and water exposed to negative intentions would create displeasing crystal formations.
When you connect the dots, you begin to see that words impact our bodies.
When we are consistently uplifted, supported, and given encouragement, our health strengthens, our energy increases, and we’re able to think more clearly.
Conversely, when we are consistently insulted, put down, and discouraged, the opposite happens – our health deteriorates, our energy decreases, and our mind chatter becomes more incessant.
Programmed Through Negative Language
The truth is we are exposed to negative language all day long.
The mainstream media makes money when you tune into their programming, so they make their headlines as controversial and scandalous as possible. They exaggerate facts and claims, and in some cases, astute observers have even found that news consistently reports on the opposite of what’s happening in the world.
The ties between the media and the government have basically become irrefutable, as they always report on “what’s going to happen”, which always seems to happen, as if by magic (hint – it’s not magic, it’s predictive programming).
They’ll talk about tax hikes that are to come, laws that are about to change, or pandemics that are systematically wiping out humanity. Then, it all comes true, as if it were a prophecy. But it never is. They’re just telling us what they’re planning to do so they can’t be held responsible when it does.
So, your world, by default, is saturated in negative words, thoughts, intentions, energies, and language.
You do have a choice in the matter though.
Positive to Negative Ratio
Several years ago, academic Emily Heaphy and consultant Marcial Losada studied the effectiveness of strategic business unit leader teams at an information processing company.
What they found was that the highest-performing teams were the ones that received 5.6:1 positive to negative feedback.
These findings are staggering, as it means we need roughly six positive comments to outweigh one potentially negative one.
Answer honestly – when’s the last time someone gave you six compliments, encouraging words, or words of support before you heard one slightly negative remark?
In my life, the last time that happened, I was attending grade school in another country!
So, when you consider that, by default, you are being bombarded with negative all day long, the only way to make up for that difference is by listening to positive, uplifting, encouraging audios.
The Power of Listening
The act of listening is a powerful thing.
It turns the uneducated and uninformed into skilled experts.
It saves relationships.
It grows businesses.
It cures depression.
It changes lives.
I understand these are grand claims. But most of us take for granted the ability to hear.
There are many ways to learn, but most of us rely heavily on this important human sense.
When a husband listens to his wife, or a girlfriend listens to her boyfriend, a stronger connection can be created.
When a manager listens to his team, he can implement new initiatives or new approaches that lead to expanded results.
When a patient listens to a psychologist, they can find ways of managing their emotions and even find new, positive emotions to latch onto.
When you hear an impacting message, it touches you at a heart level, and leads to decisions that change your world from the inside out.
Listening is foundational to all we truly desire in life.
And because we forget this, we also forget to feed our minds with positive and protect it from harmful and negative content, people, circumstances, and situations.
Growing Your Career by Tapping into the Power of Listening
If listening truly is as powerful as I’ve just described, then it stands to reason you can grow your career by regularly listening to empowering audio.
Have a listen to episode 14 of my podcast here:
If you’d like to take this a step further, may I recommend my book, The Music Entrepreneur Code, which covers the practical side of engaging in personal development?
If you’d like the Kindle or paperback, the book is also available on Amazon.