You’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Well, I say you are what you read.
You’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” There’s a lot of truth to that statement. Our bodies run more efficiently if we eat good foods, foods that nourish our body and allow it to operate the way it’s supposed to. What about what we feed our minds? It could also be said that you are what you read.
Isn’t what we put into our minds at least as important as what we put into our bodies? If wholesome, organic, nutritious foods allow our bodies to operate more efficiently and keep us physically fit, doesn’t it stand to reason that putting wholesome, positive, enriching things into our conscious and subconscious minds will allow our minds to operate more efficiently and keep us “attitudinally” fit?
Darren Hardy made the analogy that our minds were like glass containers. Our mind would hold whatever we put into it, just like a glass container would hold whatever liquid was put into it. If we put dirty, cloudy water into the glass container, that what it would hold.
Similarly, if we put negative, distracting, violent, ideas into our minds – such as we constantly get from the media all day long – that is exactly what would fill our minds, and out thoughts. Like the glass of dirty water, we would see life through this “dirty glass” of our mind. If we poured crystal clear water into the glass container, however, it would begin to displace the dirty water. Done often enough, all of the dirty water would eventually be replaced with clear water.
The clear water represents personal development and positive, inspirational material. There is more than enough depressing, negative, distracting, and dark material available through the media. Most of us watch TV and consume media by habit. We don’t even think about what it is we’re consuming. Tony Robbins said it well. “Where our focus goes, our energy flows.” We see what we focus on.
It’s time to turn off the television, put down the newspaper, and start being deliberate about what we put into our minds. Take 30 minutes every day and read from a personal development book (or listen to an audiobook) or watch a motivational or inspirational video. You can do this at the beginning of your day, before you go to bed, or somewhere in between. By being deliberate
Watch this video to learn why you are what you read, how what we read is as important as what we eat.
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