6 Steps To A Stronger Mind
Our minds are all we’ve got. They are the source of who we, both personally and professionally, are. They determine our success or failure. They are our strength and our weakness.
With the quality of our entire lives resting on our minds, it’s unbelievable that we choose to fill them with so much garbage. The amount of negativity from television, newspapers, tabloids and other media that bombards us on a daily basis is amazing. We would never think to fill our bodies with only junk food, right? We know that if we ate nothing but french fries and ice cream, we would experience negative consequences like skin blemishes, weight gain and rotting teeth.
But with mental junk food, we don’t see the physical consequences right away. When our minds are constantly filled with negativity and bad news, our minds begin to decay. That’s why we need to develop a strong, Herculean-esque mind.
“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”
– Wayne Gretzky
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see…”
– Henry David Thoreau
“Goals are simply a way of breaking a vision into smaller, workable units.”
– Nido Qubein
Quotes From The Experts
Developing your mental muscles will give you the power to accomplish anything you want in life.
Hire yourself as your “mental manager.” Figure out how much you’re going to pay yourself and make up a job list. Here are six jobs to assign to yourself to create a stronger mind:
1. Read right.
How much good news do you see in the newspapers? Editors usually say, “If it bleeds, it leads.” Not much chance of positivity there. So read something else. Read books—good books. Books that motivate you. Books that inspire you. Read them every morning and every night.
2. Share your mind.
Find someone, or a group of someones, who have the same desire to share positivity. This is called masterminding. Great successes are created when great minds come together and think about the same things.
3. Find a mentor.
My mentor was Buckminster Fuller, and I learned more from that man about life than I ever hoped to. Who are the people you admire most, whether you know them or not? Figure out whom you’d like to emulate and study them. If they offer seminars, attend them. If they’ve written books, read them.
4. Listen to motivational and inspirational audio.
This is one of the most important habits you can create for yourself. Find inspirational audio messages and listen to them over and over. Earl Nightingale, one of the most brilliant thinkers of our time, had this to say on the subject: “Tape listening is the most important advance in technology since the invention of the printing press.”
5. Sign up and attend seminars.
The motivational messages you hear at seminars, and the inspirational people you meet, reinforce your self-esteem and positive thinking.
6. Turn off the TV.
I’m not saying that all television is bad. I’m simply recommending that you cut back on your television viewing. Decide how long you’re going to watch and then turn it off when your time is up. You can use that extra time to read a book, listen to something motivational, walk your dog or spend time with your family.