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Feed Me Fuel Me  — Abracadabra w/ Mark England  — 89

Mark England has professionally coached thousands of clients worldwide using the power of words and stories for over a decade. He holds an BA in business and a Master’s in Education. Mark is the co-founder of Procabulary and is a lifelong personal development enthusiast.

“My mission is to help people create more powerful, more fulfilled lives using the power of better words and stories. Procabulary is the language of getting things done.” — Mark England | Founder, Procabulary

In this episode, Mark talks about his company, Procabulary, a productivity tool that helps you organize what you think and say, so that you can stay focused on what matters to you. He talks about the experience he had that brought him to understand his self talk, attitude, and perspectives.

As an American English teacher in Thailand, Mark explored detoxification, both physical and emotional, and learned how words influence attitude. He soon began to identify how his language shapes his identity, feelings, imagination, and emotion.


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Upgrading your vocabulary

It’s easy to overlook our own negative self-talk or narratives, and notice only the talk of others. We often take an intellectual understanding of these concepts and have trouble applying them to our own live, so we apply them externally to others. Mark talks about how we can influence ourselves via language and how we can create good or bad moods.

“This is an inside job. Those people have their lives to live, and the only person that I have any true influence over, is myself. ” — Mark England

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Key Takeaways

  • An inside job  —  It is important to internalize the understanding of vocabulary and focus it on yourself. The only sustainable model of change is applying it to the area you can completely control, which is yourself.
  • Abracadabra  —  An ancient word that translates to “With my word I create or with my word I influence”. It was used to remind people of the power and the mechanism of the spoken word and to cast out negativity.
  • Language around goals  —  Be sure to use descriptive and precise language when setting goals. For example: Instead of writing “I want to lose a few pounds.”, write “I want to lose 20 lbs by October 2018.”
  • Slow down  —  Start speaking 80% as fast, 80% of the time. Most people speak too quickly.
  • The breath  —  When using conflict language, you will put yourself into a state of sympathetic breathing vs. parasympathetic breathing. The breathing is trapped in the upper chest, known as shallow or labor breathing. To keep yourself in parasympathetic, breath deeply into the abdomen.
  • Free yourself  —  Take a story from your past that has been tough for you to deal with, and write it out on paper, so it’s out of your head and you can examine it. Now it is finite and not looping in your mind. Next, read that story out loud, painful as it may be. Then, read it at 70% speed to change your physiology related to that story. Lastly, take a large breath at every “period” in the sentence.

“We are talking about a holistic approach to building up the quality of everyone’s life around us.” — Mark England

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