Whether You Think That You Can Or You Can’t, You’re Right.

Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”

Mahatma Gandhi

This is where the rubber meets the road.  It’s called integrity; a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes.  If your thoughts are going to be translated into action, then those thoughts and actions must be consistent.  In fact, as an evolutionary trait, your body will attempt to bring itself into integrity with your thoughts.

In one study, researchers found out that men’s testosterone levels increased right before a tennis match. At the end of it, the winner had significantly higher concentrations of serum testosterone than the losing side. (Testosterone, and winning and losing in human competition.  Booth A1, Shelley G, Mazur A, Tharp G, Kittok R.)

In another study the researchers found out that in a game where there was a chance to either win or lose $5, the winners had significantly higher testosterone levels, than the losers.  (Winning, losing, mood, and testosterone.  McCaul KD1, Gladue BA, Joppa M.)

In a third study, the researchers at the University of Utah, found out that men who watch their favorite sports team compete – and win – experience the same type of testosterone surges as the players themselves. The losing side on the other hand experiences a significant drop in testosterone and their estrogen levels rose too.  (Testosterone changes during vicarious experiences of winning and losing among fans at sporting events.   (Bernhardt PC1, Dabbs JM Jr, Fielden JA, Lutter CD.)

So then in all of three of these studies, what we find is that the mind perceived itself as a winner or at least emotionally connected with a winner, and consequentially the body adapted in such a manner so as to further increase the ability to win.  The body sought to be in integrity with the mind.  I’ve always thought that to be a beautify ability.


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