When I discovered the below message in one of my inspirational quote apps, I had an instant liking and needed to share.
The message is simple, but do we really follow such simple advice? Many people think about eating and exercising well, but they often forget to exercise their minds, emotions and spirituality.
What are you watching?
What you watch, be it on TV, the internet, social media etc. can have a profound effect on your mood and your personal development (PD).
Try swapping your regular TV shows for documentaries, lifestyle programs, or quiz shows. You never know what you will discover or learn. The local news can often be full of doom and gloom stories. Try watching fun news which focuses on happy uplifting stories, or better still try to avoid local news altogether.
Some great things to watch on the internet are Ted Talks and Video blogs. If you are interested in learning try watching, educational webinars, or instructional videos. LinkedIn Learning and Youtube have a plethora of instructional videos to learn just about anything.
However you can not go past a good comedy movie that makes you laugh. Laughter is good for your mood and your emotional state.
What are you Listening to?
Very much like watching, listening can also have a profound effect on your mood and your PD. A song that always puts me in a great mood is Dolly Parton’s song “Applejack”, the song is upbeat and happy.
For something more educational, try listening to audio books or some podcasts for inspiring digital media stories. Apart from digital media, listening to the right people is also a very useful. Find people who you admire and listen to what they have to say. Surround yourself with positive speaking people. Avoid people who are negative, be it gossip or someone who always gives you bad news.
Sometimes those people can be close to us, be it a parent, friend or manager at work. The key is to avoid those people as much as possible. If you cannot cute them out of your life or move on if the working environment is always in a negative state. You do not have to listen to negativity it serves no purpose and will shatter your confidence.
What are you Reading?
Reading is a very powerful tool for your PD. Reading increases your knowledge, reading can be far more powerful than watching or listening as it can help you with your pronunciation, grammar, spelling and how to use those big words. Of course, what you are reading is equally important but as I have learnt from teaching my young son to read, you can learn a lot from reading children’s books, (for example, the English language is so freakin hard).
Some advice I was once given was to find one word from the dictionary you don’t know, learn the meaning and use it in a sentence sometime in your week. I had an old boss who used to come up with a word I had never heard of at every weekly managers meeting. I later discovered he used this technique, it gave the impression he was very intelligent.
Find topics that interest you and that you know nothing about, you may be surprised by what you discover when reading.
Who do you hang out with?
I know from experience that the people that you surround yourself with is a direct reflection on how you life is at that given moment. If you want good things in your life hang out with good people. If you want wealth in your life hang out with wealthy people, if you want calm and serenity hang out with calm, serene people so on and so forth… a no brainer.
If you do not like your current situation take a look at who you are hanging out with, your answer lies within these people.
What do you subject you mind and soul to?
Happy people make people happy, a favourite saying that I think of constantly. Have you ever been to Disneyland? It is called the happiness place on earth because you just can’t be sad there.
Your mind and soul work best in the positive state, joyfulness, happiness, friendliness, kindness, smiling and laughter. Subjecting your mind to positive thinking and you get more positivity in your life.
The law of attraction states that what happens to you is a direct result of what you attract. If you think negative thoughts, bad stuff seems to happen to you. You can’t always get what you want, so stop asking. Instead subject your mind and soul to positive thoughts.
Try this example- Before you get out of bed each morning say to yourself “Today is going to be the best day I have ever had”, have a big stretch and leap out of bed. Try not to go back to sleep, just get up and embrace the day. During the day if you come across any negativity just smile, and brush it off. I often say “no negativity is going to surround me today”.
You can choose to be negative or change your mindset and be happy, we all have that choice. I choose positivity!
Are you being mindful of what goes into your body?
There are many things bad going into our bodies everyday which are out of our control, for example air pollution. We can reduce the bad things by removing ourselves from the situation.
However, what you can control but often don’t can cause ever more harm. For example, sugar, alcohol, smoking, drugs, processed foods, and fatty foods. Over the past three months I have reduced my sugar intake by 80%, sugar is in everything so hard to avoid completely.
I dropped all foods that have obvious sugar such as chocolate, lollies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, cakes etc.
I dropped all processed meats, salamis, ham, bacon etc. I reduced take away to one day a week and dropped bread, pasta and potatoes. I have not had a drink in almost two years so that was a no brainer.
I increased my water, fruit, vegetables and nut intake. In just under three months I have lost a huge amount of body fat, weigh less on the scales, my skin is clear and glowing and best of all my digestive system is working like clockwork.
Having a good diet makes the world of difference to your body both inside out, emotionally and spiritually. You can think clearer, sleep better, wake up feeling refreshed and have more confidence.
Personal development is a combination of everything you put into your body, mind and soul.
Be the Best Version of Yourself!
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