The more I learn about how influential our thoughts can be, the more I realize we don’t fully understand the true power of our minds.
One area where all of this is easy to actually see in operation is in the placebo effect.
Dictionary.com defines the placebo effect as a beneficial effect produced by a placebo drug or treatment, which cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s belief in that treatment.
“The mind can have a powerful influence on the body, and in some cases can even help the body heal. The mind can even sometimes trick you into believing that a fake treatment has real therapeutic results, a phenomenon that is known as the placebo effect. In some cases, these placebos can exert an influence powerful enough to mimic the effects of real medical treatments.”
In essence, if a patient believes a treatment will be helpful, they’ll experience positive results regardless of the actual treatment itself. The placebo effect illustrates how powerful our thoughts can be in our lives. In some cases, we have the ability to heal ourselves through our thoughts.
Once you dive into all of this, you start to wonder if there’s a way we can use the placebo effect to our advantage.
The reality is we’re already are using the placebo effect and have been since we were kids without even realizing it.
I’m always sick.
I can’t catch a break.
This fat loss plan is too hard.
No matter what I do, I can’t seem to lose weight.
I can’t afford to __________.
I’ll never be debt free.
I’ll never be able to retire.
That business/investment won’t work here.
In fact, it’s fairly easy to see the placebo effect operating in other people. The challenge is seeing how it’s working in our lives.
If taking a sugar pill can provide pain relief, what could our other thoughts do?
I share eight different ways you can easily use the placebo effect to your advantage in the February 2019 Issue of my Cashflownaire Newsletter. You can get this issue here (you’ll receive instantly after becoming a member).
These eight strategies can be used in your life AND in the lives of your loved ones. Since the placebo effect is already operating in your life, why not start using it to your advantage?
This is one of the opportunities where you have zero downside. Experiment with one or more of these strategies for a month or two and see what happens. You either see amazing results, or you don’t. Using the placebo effect to your advantage won’t cost a penny. You simply experiment with your thoughts, which is kind of cool, if you ask me.
NOTE: It is also extremely important to understand that you’re a placebo for others whether you realize it or not. If someone trusts you, your words impact their results. This includes your spouse, your kids, your co-workers, your employees and anyone else who trusts you. This means you have the ability to change their lives by what you say.
You’re a real world Harry Potter.