When I was recently on a food diet, a funny thing happened. About 5 months passed with taking their supplements, I found that while I did lose 30+ pounds, it was the mental shift which really proved the diet.
Weight loss is simply enabling a person to eat less and exercise more. Lower calorie input and higher calorie throughput.
But the mind-shift which has to occur so a person starts eating nutritious food instead of simply what tastes good - that is what will enable them to both lose weight and then keep it off. And any Leader or anyone who wants to be better at it - is going to have to go onto a Mind Diet...
What you have around you - in your environment all the time - is what tells most people what they are thinking.
And what they think is just how their life turns out.
Now I could go on for hours quoting various authorities throughout history who say this exact thing. Earl Nightingale in his Gold record classic "The Strangest Secret" did just that. And Napoleon Hill ("Think and Grow Rich", "Law of Success") spent 20 years researching and interviewing over 500 industry, political, and cultural leaders to distill a single philosophy of success - and found this same point to be the core base of any success.
You need to be able to get in control of what is going on around you, because all that is what is influencing how clearly you think and how you influence the world around you.
If you fill your mind with the noise which our "mainscream media" put out every day - then you'll only be dealing with violence and conflict every day. Remember the old adage they use: "If it bleeds, it leads." And this is because, like people who slow down for a car wreck, people are drawn to catastrophe - and the newspeople thinks this type of content sells the advertising that pays their costs. Same for a great deal of what passes for entertainment these days. Violence and sex fills tha majority of the time spent in movies and on TV. Modern music, for the most part, isn't much different. Catchy tunes which you "can't get out of your head" are taking time you could be using for helping others become more efficient at reaching their goals, among other things.
So our minds are on a "sugar high" all the time, as we don't use them to think with or reason. We let other people do our thinking for us, telling us what to do when.
That's what we need to wean ourselves off. What's the diet we should be on? How about getting those enlightening or inspirational recordings and playing them on your commutes? How about buying DVD's of truly exceptional movies that deal with overcoming obstacles, or the spiritual nature of humankind? Maybe keeping some printed versions of classic self-help books around and going through these with a highligher regularly to glean more insight from them?
The point is to surround yourself with material and stimulus which is positive and helpful. You want to stimulate the reasoning and creative part of your mind, not the reactive side.
Sure, we have our habits of what we "like". And that's fine. I'm not asking you to go out into a monastery and sit in silence. Like a food diet, it doesn't mean you can't have good-tasting treats - it's just that you learn how you can control your intake. Same with this mental diet. Pick up that Brian Tracy, or Zig Ziglar, or Napoleon Hill, or Jay Abraham more often. They'll give you ideas to chew on which will help you find new and positive ideas to solve old problems. Or better, how you can help those people who are following you to improve their lives - which will wind up improving yours. The point is to start your Mental Diet today. I didn't say it would be easy, but I did mention that the rewards are worth the effort. Start today. There's nothing to lose, and the whole world to gain. PS. Check out the link above for a site with more of these great self-improvement and personal development authors.
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