Confidence Tips. Powerful Words – Sir Walter Scott.
Sir Walter Scott (1771 – 1832) was an internationally famous writer in his day. His books are still being read and made into television serials and films. Many of his quotations have become embedded in our daily speech. So who did Scott turn to for inspiration?
‘Long life to thy fame and peace to thy soul, Rob Burns! When I want to express a sentiment which I feel strongly, I find the phrase in Shakespeare — or thee.” The Burns Encyclopedia
Well there you have the answer – to Robert Burns or to Shakespeare.
When you are preparing a presentation or speech and you are struggling to express yourself with the appropriate power and grace… STOP! No need to re-invent the wheel. It’s really easy to get hold of powerful quotations by going into Google and simply entering the keyword “quotations” into the search box.
Often the best quotations will be heard from the mouths of humble people like ourselves in the midst of ordinary daily life.
Don’t hide behind quotations but, rather, use to bring out the piquancy, passion and precision of your own words.
“It’s a matter of ABC: When we encounter ADVERSITY, we react by thinking about it. Our thoughts rapidly congeal into BELIEFS. These beliefs may become so habitual we don’t even realize we have them unless we stop to focus on them. And they don’t just sit there idly; they have CONSEQUENCES. The beliefs are the direct cause of what we feel and what we do next. They can spell the difference between dejection and giving up, on the one hand, and well-being and constructive action on the other. The first step is to see the connection between adversity, belief, and consequence. The second step is to see how the ABCs operate every day in your own life.” Sir Walter Scott
“Belief is a matter of customary muscle tension” F. M. Alexander
The second quote is by F M Alexander, the originator, of the Alexander Technique. It was considered to be quite a provocative statement in the 1930s. Some people have suggested that he said it in order to shock. Walter Carrington, however, believed that he was perfectly serious about it because he, F M Alexander, equated belief with fixation. In Alexander’s experience a rigidity of mind corresponded to a rigidity of body. (Walter Carrington on the Alexander Technique in discussion with Sean Carey, 1986, p.45f)
I love the above quote by Sir Walter Scott – it’s so modern! As a little experiment try putting the key words into Google and see what you come up with. You might find quite a few modern versions of “ABC” out there but, to my mind, none of them quite as succinct and pithy as Sir Walter Scott’s. Try buying into the two quotes. Decide to treat them “as if” they were true. Believe that by changing your muscular reaction to adversity you will also change, for the better, the consequences that arise from adversity. How can you change your muscular reactions? How can you weaken the hold of a limiting belief? I’m sure there are many possibilities… including, perhaps, dipping into the preceding pages of this blog.