There are three influences: input (what you feed your mind), associations (the people you spend time with), and your environment.
If you’re one of those Facebook scrollers, you’re feeding your mind with a good amount of head-trash. This means that you’re going to end up reading, posting, or sharing something which you have no control over. Look at the President of the United States, for instance. How many people post and rant their heads off at them? What do you accomplish by doing it? You really have to take a step back and look at it from that perspective.
I had a wonderful student a year or two ago. She was a marvelous dental student, but she was quieter than ever. Sure, “that fits the profile and persona of a dentist,” but she asked me “how can I bring out my personality?”
I asked, “are your friends quiet?”
Of course they are. I can bet you right now if she had funny friends around her for a month, her personality would change.
A funny story about this would be Thai women try looking “black.”
That’s right. They get hair extensions and tan their skin as much as possible to come off as an “African American.” When you speak to them, they have a good amount of slang. Guess who their friends are? You guessed it! Wait, no you didn’t. Their friends are all from Africa.
I thought it was a funny story to tell. HA!
Environment has to be the biggest. Honestly, biggest slum in Bangkok by the name of Khlong Toei is infested with poor people.
Rose Garden Townhomes, a place that my mother has been living for almost two decades, is full of a bunch of generational welfare pumping hood rats (hey, just calling it how I see you).
Are rich people hanging out with poor people? Is someone from Beverly Hills going to a gym in Watts? Do the people in Manhattan live in the Bronx?
I. Input: Garbage in, garbage out.
“If you want your body to run at peak performance, you’ve got to be vigilant about consuming the highest-quality nutrients and avoiding tempting junk food. If you want your brain to perform at its peak, you’ve got to be even more vigilant about what you feed it. Are you feeding it news summaries or mind-numbing sitcoms? Are you reading the tabloids, or SUCCESS? Controlling the input has a direct and measurable impact on your productivity and outcomes.”
Excerpt From: Darren Hardy. “The Compound Effect.” iBooks.
This tackles it from two different angles.
On the super-busy days at my job, if I don’t eat protein and a handful of vegetables, I suffer from a mid-afternoon crash. I can give you straightforward why I do, too – RICE!
Doesn’t make sense to eat rice when your body is not burning anything, right? However, I do!
Now is rice junk food? Absolutely not. Brown rice is amazing. But if I eat it at wrong times of the day, my body falls apart.
From an intake of information standpoint, people watch the news, sitcoms, reality TV (A.K.A – sitcoms!) and a handful of other things that serve them no purpose. Controlling what our brains consume is very difficult. Also, our brain is not designed to make us happy. It’s got one agenda: survival.
Robberies, fires, terrorist attacks, economy, Trump, internet trolls, nagging co-workers, angry individuals on public transportation – AVOID! If not, your brain is going to dissect the information and spend hours chewing on the fearful information, which will then bring more fear, which could lead to a heart attack. I mean, pretty excessive, but it most certainly happens when people are driving to work in America every Monday morning.