When brought up in the middle of a conversation, the placebo effect can become very controversial. There are people who believe in all of the gifts the placebo effect has to offer while other people see the placebo effect as luck. The truth is that we all live under the placebo effect. In fact, numerous famous people such as Oprah, Henry Ford, Earl Nightingale, Zig Ziglar, Napoleon Hill, and many others have spoken about the placebo effect at some point. These people spoke about the placebo effect in the form of those inspirational quotes you see such as, “You become what you believe,” or “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”
The best athletes are the ones who know and believe that they are good. The best writers are the ones who believe their content is remarkable. Although the placebo does not hide the truth (an essay with spelling mistakes is not the best essay in the world), the placebo is very motivational. By believing you can become one of the best, the placebo will kick in and give you the motivation you need to eventually become one of the best.
Whether you know it or not, the placebo has a big impact on your life. If you are wondering why you cannot accomplish a certain goal, think about your attitude towards that goal. The attitude was most likely a “cannot” attitude. If you are wondering how you were able to accomplish a certain goal, you probably had the “can” attitude.
The placebo does not substitute the work and effort you need to put in so your goals can get accomplished. However, living the life of the placebo makes putting in the work and effort much easier.