This past weekend, I decided to embark on an experiment. I have been working to expand my perspective and focus on the positive in my life. In general, I consider myself to be a really positive person, but we all have ebbs and flow in our mindset, and I am always down to level up on positivity if the opportunity presents itself. When an idea for an experiment arises in my soul, I really feel the need to explore it. I believe there are creative ideas floating around in the Universe at all times, waiting for a human brain to be open to accept it, so I try to stay curious and explore any new ideas that seemingly pop up out of the blue!
The goal of my experiment was to become aware of how often I made a negative remark or comment. I wanted to get real with myself about whether I was assuming I was communicating in a positive way (but in reality complaining). I asked my partner to assist in this experiment, and to let me know if he heard me say anything negative throughout the day. It only made sense to me that it would be more fun if we had a negative comment code word to point out negative statements. Thanks to my partner’s creativity, shouting the phrase “hot tamale” became our alert, which doesn’t really make much sense, but definitely made me laugh, which is an added bonus.
And so, the hot tamale experiment began!
By simply making the decision to focus on a positive mindset, I found myself looking for aspects of life that made me smile. By seeking more opportunities to become aware of subtle joy, I found myself feeling grateful for parts of life that usually are taken for granted.
When it comes down to results, the words “hot tamale” only popped up a couple times during the day, at most. I learned that I honestly don’t speak negative comments aloud very often. I did, however, notice that when a negative comment arises, it is usually in the form of self-talk. The voices that carry the stories we tell ourselves about our worthiness and capabilities can be loud, so I have some inner “hot tamale” experiments in the works as a response to my negative self-talk.
More than anything, though, the hot tamale experiment resulted in a really wonderful, fun, playful, sparkle-filled day. The old saying that where your intention goes, your energy flows, is incredibly true. By actively engaging in a mindful practice to focus on the positive, I had a truly lovely day. The best part is that this experiment didn’t take much effort, other than paying a little more attention to words and feelings, and being prepared to shout “hot tamale” as needed.
So, are you up for a hot tamale experiment? Small shifts, experiments, and play all can add up to huge amounts of sparkle.
Let’s Sparkle Together.