Most of you won’t be surprised to learn this motivational speaker delivered a running commentary from the time my girls were newborns to build their language skills. “This is a carrot. Do you know what color it is? It’s orange. Just like Mommy’s coffee mug. I’m cutting the carrots for soup for Daddy’s and my dinner.” You get the drift. And so do babies – right from birth. Even at three months, the babbles of an American baby are very different from those of, say, a Chinese baby, because they’re trying to mimic what they hear. In fact, according to neuroscientist Patricia Kuhl, babies are born to hear the sound distinctions of every language spoken on Earth, but within 10 months the ability is lost as cells get pruned away.
We can compare those little baby brains to computers built to process any software – the language – that gets loaded. Which brings me to ask, do you need to upgrade your software? What is your running commentary regarding your internal language?
I’m not alone when I say, “What you think about, you bring about.” Perhaps because I’ve been happily overwhelmed with speaking engagements and trying to jam and cram more in a day than is healthy, I’ve noticed I need an upgrade. Called myself an “idiot” when I grabbed the wrong luggage from the turnstile, a “#@* loser” when I spilled my coffee, and a “fatso” when talking myself out of buying Halloween candy at the grocery store.
So, first thing this morning following my daily gratitude exercise, I rebooted the computer. How about you?