Monday, December 6, 2010

A Positive Mental Diet Yields a Positive Mental Attitude

I am sure you have heard the phrase “you are what you eat”. You cannot fill your body with “junk” food and then expect it to perform at a high level. In order to maintain a strong and healthy body you must keep it fueled by following a nutritious high quality food plan. Your mind is no different.

In order to operate at peak levels you need to “feed” you mind inspiring high quality information. Left on its own your mind operates in a “safety” mode. It is wired to make sure you are safe; your brain does not come pre-wired to keep you inspired or engaged with the world around you. It is your responsibility to get and keep your mind focused where you want it to go. To start making improvements to your mental diet keep the following three points in mind.

1. Turn off the talking heads on the radio and the TV. Yes you need to be informed about what is happening in the world but you do not need to be continually bombarded with negative messages. Listening to someone berate other people over and over does absolutely nothing to lift or keep your mind on a positive track. You really can get all the need from a 3o minute national news program – either on the radio or the TV. For those of you with satellite radio try listening to the news on the BBC. It can be very interesting to get information without a strictly U.S. political slant.

2. Read something inspirational every day. You’ll be surprised at how much more positive your overall attitude will become when you consistently expose yourself to some uplifting information. What inspires you is a personal choice – it may be the bible or similar, it may be biographies of successful entrepreneurs, it may be a host of blogs or a magazine like success. Try different sources and keep it up for at least 30 days. You will feel the difference.

3. Surround yourself with positive energy. Do not get involved in the petty politics and gossip in your office. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and realize that they are trying their best. Offer to help those who you see are struggling. It’s a karma thing – you never know when someone will return the favor. If you are involved in a toxic relationship you need to end it. This could be either a family relationship or what you think of as a friendship. How can you build up our self-esteem and personal energy level if those around you are tearing you down? True friends and loving family members should be there to listen to and encourage you to reach for the stars. Additionally, look in the mirror and make sure you are not simply reaping what you sow. If you criticize or in some other way do not support your family or friends how can you possibly expect them to be a source of support for you.

The better your diet, the better the results. This holds true whether we are talking about food and your body, or information and your mind. Help put yourself on a faster track to overall success by taking control of the information you are feeding your mind. It will work wonders in improving the happiness and satisfaction you can enjoy on a daily basis.


  1. True with the mind. I watch TV for 3-4 hours daily, but it's usually discovery, animal planet or national geographic. And news are read every morning in the net, choosing what I want to read, what makes negatives drop to almost zero ;)

  2. As you discovered, making a conscious choice as to what sources you use for information on a regular basis makes big difference in your mental attitude. Thanks for sharing.