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In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about The Energy-Thoughts-Action Framework.

The thoughts that we have in our your mind play a huge role in the actions we take. And our thoughts influence how we behave, our attitudes to things in life, and they also control how you react to different situations as well.

In this episode, Steli and Hiten talk about what the Energy-Thoughts-Action Framework is, the hierarchy of action, how behavior usually leads to action and much more.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

00:00 About today’s topic.

01:00 Why this topic was chosen.

01:50 What is the Energy-Thoughts-Action Framework.

03:39 Why Hiten calls it the hierarchy of action.

04:37 Things that come before thought.

04:44 How behavior usually leads to action

05:05 How the ultimate thing that you’re looking for is your actions.

05:42 Why the trigger part is crucial.

05:48 How most of us are not aware of how susceptible we are to external factors.

08:17 The importance of setting positive triggers for ourselves.

3 Key Points:

Before there even is a conscious thought, there is a feeling.The ultimate thing that you’re looking for is your actions.Being aware of the trigger is really really important.


Steli Efti: Hey everybody, this is Steli Efti.


Hiten Shah: This is Hiten Shah. On The Startup Chat today, we're going to talk about something that Steli's going to explain, I thought I'll throw at you at first, that I've shared with many people privately and haven't really discussed in in any way, shape, or form in a way where other people can be on a one-on-one, can take advantage of it. I think, Steli, you wanted to go after this?


Steli Efti: Yeah, yeah.


Hiten Shah: I'll let you set it up, and then let's talk about it.


Steli Efti: This is one of my favorite things about the podcast is uncovering these little nuggets of content gold, private discussions. Then later, just putting them on the docket and be like, "We should talk about this. The world needs to hear this." Last week, I think last week. Yeah, last week I was in San Francisco. We were having lunch after a conference that we spoke out together. We always drift into, I think, very interesting topic. We're always drift into a current state of new self-discoveries and self explorations. Things we've discovered about ourselves in life, and psychology, and energy in the universe, and everything. You brought up a beautiful framework that I wanted to share with people, which was what I will call it now, the energy thoughts, actions, framework. I'll summarize what I heard, and then you can correct me. We can unpack this for the listeners real quick. We were talking. I think the conversation started about inner talk, self-talk, and how our thoughts and the quality of our thoughts and the tendency and energy of our thoughts, how that then affects our actions and our habits. You were like, "You know what? One thing that I've started to think about more is energy. I've discovered that a lot of times before they're even is a conscious thought, there is an energy. There's a feeling. That feeling of energy in your body then produces a certain type of thought in a talk. That in a talk and thought then creates a chain of inner thoughts that then create actions. Maybe those actions eventually create habits." It all always starts at the energy level, right? At the feeling level, at the emotional level. You were describing to me how you started paying a lot more attention to the energy before even the thoughts arise. The feeling could be, "Am I hungry? Am I tired? Am I irritated? Am I excited? Am I nervous? Am I afraid?" There's an energy in your body. If you catch that early on, you'll be a step ahead of the thoughts that might arise.

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