Fuelling the body with the right nutrients is well-accepted as being an essential practice in healthy living. Yet, we do not pay the same level of respect to our most important tool, the brain.

Our personal computer and complex web of behaviours, formed through influences, takes a backseat to our outward appearance and health. You are what you consume, and that applies to not only the food that you eat but the content you consume.

 

 

Influencing our internal talk

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Our internal talk is arguably the most important and influential of all the messages we receive.

For anyone who has read The Secret, or anything to do with Law of Attraction, you’ll believe that what you think about consistently will become a reality. This isn’t a modern thought in the age of material possessions, but a belief that has been around a long time.

 

  • “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve” – Napoleon Hill.
  • “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha.
  • “You are what you think all day long” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

 

Our brain is our most powerful vehicle, so we should fuel it that way.

Whether you like it or not, we’re influenced by factors around us. Everyone speaks about having the right group of friends around you, ones who encourage you, pick you up and force you to level up.

If we’re protective of our external circle in that way, to ensure we get the right messages and energy around us, then why aren’t we all as protective about our internal circle of feedback? If we continue to hear certain messages, it forms part of our internal chatter, which can infiltrate our thoughts.

Whether you believe in manifestation or not, a stream of constant internal negativity will unlikely like to positive results.

 

 

Determining how we live 

 

What we consume always determines the lives that we live.” Becoming Minimalist

 

The phrase above captures the outlook we should have on what we consume.

You’ve heard this before, no doubt, in other forms. “You are what you eat”, “what you put in you get out”, “got to put the right fuel in a sports car”. I’m no sports car, but I’ve come to learn the importance of what I consume, whether that be food, content or otherwise.

I will add; I am no saint.

Far from it. I have wobbles where I fall off and don’t stick with my plan (I love a pie and pint as much as anyone), but I’m human.

For the most part, I stick to my plan of watching what I consume, as opposed to it being a fleeting idea to try. I work on keeping it 90% on track and allowing that 10% wobble. As I build these habits, I improve and I start chipping that 10% down to 9%, 8%, and so on.

Before you know it, your life has been deliberately shaped in a direction you’ve chosen.

What we consume will determine how we live our lives and construct our thoughts, so it’s important to be aware of how you manage it.

 

 

Swap negativity for positivity 

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One area which has paid the most dividends is managing what content I consume.

There’s so much out there now, that it’s in your hands what you take in.

If you only ever see negativity and bad news, don’t feel bad; it’s designed that way. Whether the news or social media platforms, negativity “sells”. It’s provocative, it stirs emotions and it creates engagement in an era where engagement is more valued than mental health.

There’s a positive, though; you CAN manage it.

If watching the news makes you feel gloomy, don’t have the TV on when it’s on. If you’re seeing pages on social media that are winding you up, unfollow them. If social media as a whole isn’t putting you in a good space (more on this later), then it’s time to bin those apps.

Flood your life with messages that resonate with you and that uplift you.

You can alter your viewing patterns, the websites you visit, or the apps you have, to show specific content based on what is positive to you.

Positivity vibrates on a much higher level and taking positivity in daily will make a huge difference to your mindset.

(If you’re looking for a very brief intro and summary on how the Law of Vibration works and applies to our every day lives, check out Vex King’s “Good Vibes Good Life”. It’s a succinct entry that hit’s the perfect balance between keeping it easy and making it applicable.)

 

How you find your news 

It’s important to not let what others say influence what works for you.

Let’s take the news. Many would say it’s at the forefront of reporting and informative to everyday life. It can also be a complete misery, day in, day out.

Although it’s important to take in and understand topical events (more so now than ever), you can digest the information differently. There are platforms out there where you can read, listen or watch at a time that’s convenient to you, delivered in a way that works for you.

Certain platforms state the facts as they are, while others twist them with such a background agenda that the agenda is obvious.

Take your time in deciding, as there are incredible journalists out there who are brilliant at how they present difficult, partisan issues with an honest outlook.

So, without swaying you towards anyone, find people that you trust will give an honest account and take in your news from the right sources.

 

Refining usage

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The news is one form of content.

Social media is the most used medium to consume content, ever. From funny cat memes to horrific crashes, the entire spectrum of good and bad is available.

The darker side of social media has been spelt out and we’re still understanding how it affects our minds, beliefs and relationships.

Now, I’m not going to go full-on bashing social media. It’s allowed us to stay connected with people we may have lost touch with otherwise, and it has brought major issues to the forefront for a new generation, inspiring change. Used well, it can be a force for good.

But ask yourself honestly, how are you using it?

Better yet, go to Screen Time on your iPhone or Android settings and let your phone tell you.

Be brutally honest with yourself.

If you spent 6 hours watching daft videos, but loved that time, then great. Being happy is the end goal. But if you’ve watched 6 hours of daft videos and felt guilty about being unproductive, and are then moaning that you’ve done nothing with the last 12 months of your life, be honest enough about it.

Could you cut that down to, initially, 4 hours a day and spend those 2 other hours focusing on something growth-driven? That 2 hours you’ve saved a day is 730 hours a year and if you dedicate that time towards something positive, you’ll see major changes.

Even if you have no idea what you want to do, why not spend those two hours combing through new articles, books, or different content?

All it takes is one new, positive piece of content to be the catalyst of a revival in your mindset. 

 

How to adapt your social media use 

Now I’m not saying swerve everything, close your accounts and become a social recluse.

Find what works for you and keep it under review and refinement.

I lived on social media. I was seeking validation, whilst also comparing my life to others. Or I’d see something which would wind me up and I’d be in a bad mood.

So find ways to limit your exposure and limit its control of your mood. Your phone is too available, so if you want to reduce your time, then delete the apps. By all means, keep the accounts and check them once/twice a day, if you have access to a laptop.

As always, it’s about finding a healthy balance that works for you

If you still have a dependency on picking your phone up and checking it (as we all do at times), then replace your mindless scrolls with something more targeted.

Swap getting wound up by rival football fans on Twitter for informed sport opinion pieces on The Athletic.

Swap lazy gossip on Instagram stories for self-development Ideas on Medium.

Or, it could be the complete opposite way round. Everyone is different, so you may as well be honest with yourself and decide, instead of doing what’s expected of you.

There are countless apps out there that will match your passions, hobbies and interests if that’s what you’re looking for.

This is all from a place of honesty, understanding, and mindfulness.

There are some small changes in the article that you can put in place if you’re asking the right questions. “Do I want to be seeing this?”, “Am I using my time wisely?”, “Does this help me get to where I want to be?”.

It took a while for me to be honest with myself and realise that the ‘likes’ aren’t as important as growth is to me. Once you get to the bottom of your honest, internal reasoning, you’ll find what you’re looking for and then how to engineer it.

By employing a growth mindset and coupling it with content that works for you, it’ll kickstart whatever you want to achieve. 

 

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