The reframing things and the power of intention

3 07 2007

from Jurgen Wolff’s Brainstorming E-Bulletin July 2007:

1: A Rose is a Fragrant Rose is a Blooming Fragrant Rose
There was a recent report on ABC’s 20/20 that reflects the importance of what we call things. When a student cafeteria relabeled peas as “power peas” and “vegetable stew” as “creamy vegetable stew” and “vegetable juice” as “rainforest smoothie,” not only did students buy more but they also rated the taste as being much better. Similarly, in my “Create Your Future” workshops, participants found they felt much more empowered when they thought of a challenge as a “hero’s journey” rather than just as something to cope with. Changing what we call things in a way that allows us to experience them in a different way often is called “reframing,” and it’s a powerful technique.

ACTION: What language are you using to describe the challenges and events in your life? Take a moment to consider how you could reframe them in a way that adds perspective and encourages you to move forward.

2: Does Thinking Make It So?
An experiment conducted by Harvard Professors Ellen Langer and Alia Crum also centered on the powerful effects of language, but this one is more mysterious. They involved a group of 84 hotel workers. Half of them were told that their work of cleaning hotel rooms is good exercise and satisfies the Surgeon General’s recommendations for an active lifestyle. The other half were not told anything. One month later, the control group had not changed but the other group had decreased their weight, blood pressure, body fat, waist-to-hip ratio, and body mass index. It’s not clear what mechanism is at work here: Did they do their work with more gusto, thereby burning more calories? It’s hard to imagine that this would make that much difference. Is it a purely mental process – believing that they were exercising created the effects of exercise? (If you have a theory, send it to me at, please.)

ACTION: Even if we can’t explain this effect, we can use it. Again, it’s really an exercise in reframing. What are you doing that could be considered exercise? Start thinking of it that way. What are you doing every day that could be considered creative and fulfilling? What will happen if you start thinking of it that way.”

Exactly. As you propulse things forward through your thoughts, the way that you decide to look at things, you subsequently decide of your destiny, shaped by your intention. I have been doing this very lately from the moment I understood that we are always free to choose how we look at things. The results are groundbreaking. You take more control over your life, you lift your energy level and are able to do more, you choose for happiness and the real purpose of your life.

To this, I would like to add 2 videos; they speak for themselves.

Wayne Dyer – The Power of Intention 2/12

A Course In Miracles




One response

6 07 2007
Collately Sisters

I do similar exercises with my students. In fact, sometimes, I even try to refer to tasks differently in lessons to see whether they respond more positively. They do on occasion.
Language is a powerful thing – unfortunately – some people don’t realise this!

Very interesting though.

I’ll have to watch the videos at home – unfortunately school blocks most video sharing sites.

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