It's amazing to me that so many of us fail to see the way that good advice in one area of our lives relates to every other area. Our minds, bodies, and souls all operate in very similar ways and have the same basic needs. One of the most basic of those needs is to be appropriately fed in all three areas in order to perform at a high level.
As a prime example of this principle, one rule that can be found in higher levels of athletics and in bodybuilding is that you can't outwork a poor diet. This rule states that you will never be able to work hard enough to overcome what eating the wrong foods and not eating the right foods will do to your body. You won't be able to build muscle, eliminate fat, run faster, jump higher, swim quicker, or dive more precisely if you don't give your body the fuel and building blocks that it needs. This is why all the top athletes and professional sports teams have a nutritionist on their staff.
While no one can deny that these specialists know what they are talking about when it comes to athletic performance, most people don't see that the same idea of fueling the body also applies to the mind, and soul.
Do you think you are going to be able to think clearly, be creative, make the best decisions, and get ahead in life if you feed your brain a diet of frivolous, brain-numbing content that is so prevalent in today's entertainment, social media, and gaming industries? Or, do you think that a diet of intellectually stimulating content might feed you better?
Do you think that it's possible to ever have a strong spiritual life, one that allows you to look and hope beyond your current mindset, if you don't feed yourself a diet high in information that raises your consciousness? Should you open yourself up to messages that inspire and motivate you, instead of messages that lead you to feel negative and hopeless? I'm just telling you like it is: junk in, junk out; good things in, good things come out.
If you look at your life and find something lacking, I would suggest that you confront your thoughts and behaviors. It might just be the result of the way you're feeding that part of your life!
Perhaps, you need to put down that television remote or game controller, silence your cell phone, and spend significantly more time studying ways to improve yourself in those areas you desire to enhance. Push yourself to read more books, listen to great philosophers, or attend a workshop. This should lead to the actions that will change your behavior and use of time.
For example, if your health or appearance aren't what they could be, then maybe you need to drop those chips and sweet drinks and grab some healthy teas and whole foods. If you want to make more money, then maybe you should discover your best skills, enhance them, and market them as a service.
The one great thing that has come from the internet age is that it has removed all excuses for ignorance. You can now gain access to much more knowledge than even the greatest minds would have believed just twenty years ago. Quit aimlessly searching the Web and stop using social media to show people what you're having for dinner or where you are hanging out. Feed yourself instead!
My challenge for you this week:
Review the ways you feed your mind, body and soul.
Make a categorized list of the different ways you feed your mind, body, and soul.
What people or behaviors do you need to stop allowing into each area?
What behaviors can you enhance, or introduce, into each area?
Put these behaviors into practice and track your progress.