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Alistair Horscroft: 7 Seconds To Change Your Life at TEDxNoosa 2014 (Transcript)

Alistair Horscroft

Full transcript of author, speaker Alistair Horscroft’s TEDx Talk: 7 Seconds To Change Your Life at TEDxNoosa 2014 Conference.

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Alistair Horscroft – Author & Speaker

OK, I think it’s fair to say that some people find it hard to make the positive changes that they want in their life, regardless of race, creed, color, social economic status.

I’ve worked with military veterans and their posttraumatic stress, trying to conquer the traumatic thoughts and the associated feelings that run through their body. The anxiety sufferer who is so consumed by worry that they haven’t left the house for days or perhaps weeks on end. Or maybe just the smoker who wants to break the habit, so he can live longer and spend more time with their loved ones, the person who wants to make a simple dietary changes, stop eating a food that’s causing problems and start eating healthfully. Or maybe the CEO or the business person who wants to get up on stage and public speak so that they can rise up the ladder. All these things, all these things are affecting so many people.

And so today I am going to talk about how we can create a space that allows these changes to occur more easily. But I’m sure some of you, and I don’t know who the guilty parties are, might think that when it comes to change, perhaps it’s easier than you think. And it always reminds me of this comedy skit by Mad TV and you can see it on YouTube, it’s very very funny and it goes something like this. You had this lady who’s suffering from this absolutely terrible claustrophobia. Very very concerned about being buried alive in a box was her specific issue. And she walks in to see the psychiatrist and then he listens very very intently to what she has to say. And she goes on and on about how this is affecting her life. And after she’s kind of finished her diatribe he says, ‘Well, I’m going to give you two words and I would like you to take these two words into your life and notice how they change things.’ And so she’s there very very patiently, and she says, ‘Shall I write them down?’

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