The Energy of Thought: Penny Zenker at TEDxPSUBehrend (Transcript)

Penny Zenker at TEDxPSUBehrend

Here is the full transcript of business coach Penny Zenker’s talk titled “The Energy of Thought” at TEDxPSUBehrend conference. Penny Zenker is a strategic business coach, trainer and best-selling author of “The Productivity Zone: Stop the Tug of War with Time”.

Penny Zenker – TEDx Talk TRANSCRIPT

What would you say if I told you that you have the power to manipulate time? Would you believe me? Good.

So this is a scene from the movie The Matrix. And this is where Neo, the main character, he slows down time and he dodges those bullets in a single moment.

Okay, critics, he’s not really slowing down time but he is thinking and acting wicked fast. And so it appears as though time is slowing down.

What I love about this scene is that he doesn’t even know or believe that he’s the one and that he has this power. And so you know right after the scene, Trinity, his partner in resistance, says to him, “You were just as fast as the agents.”

In disbelief he puts a finger through the hole where the bullet went through in his pants and he said “Not fast enough.”

So this is a great metaphor for you, because you have that power, too. You just don’t know how to use it yet.

Now as I said it’s not really about time; it’s about managing the energy of our thought. It’s about making the unconscious conscious.

Because when we create awareness, we open up options and opportunities, and in effect, dodge those bullets. Because you can’t change your circumstances in most cases. But you can change the way you interact with it. And that’s what Neo is doing in the moment.

Einstein said that everything is energy, and I believe when you turn that statement around it’s also true energy is everything. How energy flows through us and how we manage our energy directly dictates the quality of our life.

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And we manage our energy through thoughts. Thoughts are energy. But really don’t take it from me, take it from the scientists who have done study after study after study that say that our thoughts, our judgments, and our perceptions, they directly impact our body and vice versa.

One of my favorite authors in this space is Kelly McGonigal, and she’s written this book called The Upside of Stress. She is a health psychologist and through the book she tells people that stress is bad for you only if you believe it is. I know that’s crazy, right? She used to tell people that stress was bad for you all the time and tell them it would create illness… until she did the research.

One particular study that stood out for her that really changed her mind was that they tracked 30,000 people over eight years. And they asked them about their levels of cortisol, which is the stress hormone, in their body. They measured that. They asked them about the levels of stress that they had and also what they believed about stress.

And so what they came up with in their results were that people who had a high level of stress in the past year were 43% more likely to die prematurely… but only those who believed that stress was bad for you.

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