You can't learn a new "software" in your brain with the old "hardware..."
You can change all of your habits.
Start waking up earlier for a walk and take a cold shower.
Start eating right.
Start taking some real action towards your personal goals.
And still struggle to see results.
You might be subconsciously holding yourself back. Yes, that is possible even if you are taking the right actions.
It all comes down to going back to the foundation of our brains and thinking to get that "hardware" in our brains right so that we have the right foundation to build our mindset off of.
If you are new to the blog, thanks for stopping by! With MMNTM (mo-men-tum) my goal is to help you level up your mind and mindset with effective "workouts." Much like you would train your body, this is the gym for your mindset, everything from your happiness and mental clarity to mental discipline and productivity. These are the things that have helped me the most and I love sharing them with you daily on yourmmntm.com/blog so be sure to stop out daily!
Now let's get back to what you started reading for.
A Quick Glimpse At the Blog
Why Those Personal Development Books Aren't Helping You
Even if you are taking action, you might not be seeing results and this is why.
You are constantly reading these books on changing your mindset and improving your life, yet nothing ever seems to be happening.
Yes, I know that feeling too well, after spending damn near like 2 years in this cycle. I always thought it was just the book being too "in the clouds" with concepts that didn't work.
In reality, that was not the case at all, it was my previous mindset, brain and habits holding me back and I can realize that now after re-reading these books and actually putting the strategies to use.
Yes, they really work when you actually put them to work.
The self-help books aren't working because we don't have the right hardware in our minds yet.
We don't have the right diet for our brains, we haven't let go of negative thinking and we just aren't ready for these new habits yet... Until now that is.
How People Get Stuck in This "Trap"
It's a very unproductive cycle, would not recommend...
"It must be the book."
"Oh a new book came out, this is going to be the one that I actually use to change my mindset."
Andddd three months later, we reflect on where we are w\and we haven't gone far at all in terms of developing ourselves.
Sound familiar? I know this is exactly what I was doing.
The sad thing is that many people don't even realize this and fall victim to this trap the rest of their lives.
Good thing for you, you found this article so that won't be you now!
Don't be the one stuck thinking it's the books that are the problem, at some point we have to take accountability and realize that maybe we need to change something in our mindset in order to have the results we desire.
How You Can Get Personal Development to Work For You
This will actually make a lot of sense to you hopefully and show you why you are struggling with results.
Before you read your next "self-help" book, get this right and build a better foundation to grow your mindset off of.
You'll likely be able top build it much easier with a solid footing and something to build off of, instead of a ton of old habits and beliefs you were holding onto.
How bad is our foundation?
Well, unless you are out of the ordinary and grew up with parents that instilled powerful and positive beliefs in you from the get go, you are likely trying to build off of a weak foundation of beliefs right now.
While you may be thinking "that is what I'm trying to grow for," there are a few things that we need to change before we even start to grow. We need to first repair the foundation of our minds so that it is not cracked and easier to build off of.
We have to focus on activities that repair before we jump to activities that will help us grow.
So, what exactly does this "foundation" consist of?
Well, it is essentially everything from your past mindsets to your past beliefs, some of which might be much harder to change than we think it will be.
While these mindsets will be used for our growth as well, rebuilding of the foundation of our brains is all focused around getting rid of the toxic things in our lives so that we can insert positive things more easily.
That includes getting rid of the negative mindsets a lot of us carry and making way for new mindsets that we can bring into our lives.
Why You Need to Focus on The "Hardware" of Your Brain
The foundation to your mindset needs to be strong to build off of.
You really are going to struggle to see results because your subconscious mind might be holding you back in ways you don't know.
It is just like trying to swim against the current, sure you'll be putting a lot of work in but you really won't be going anywhere.
Instead, get that "hardware" in your brain right so that you are able to insert that new "software" from what you are learning in these books and actually have it work.
You can't get a new piece of software to run on an old computer.
Time to fix your foundation.
Step One, Without A Doubt
Learn your brain.
So, all this talk and not a lot of action so far, huh?
Lemme change that, here is the first step to fixing the foundation of your brain.
Actually take the time to learn about your brain. Learn about what vitamins you are likely lacking in your brain as well as what actions might be needed to improve the overall health of your brain.
If you don't have a healthy brain to work with, you might not make it very far in terms of personal development.
Taking my brain health seriously has made the biggest difference and I really didn't know I wasn't functioning at optimal brain function until I started to change what I ate and take extra vitamins.
How do you find out what your brain needs?
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Harder than it sounds, try it for a full day and let me know...
Time to move to a more neutral frame of mind, one that allows you space to be open to new ideas and strategies that will help you grow.
Negative thoughts take up a lot of brain space and they really do us no good as they just cause us stress and anxiety.
Feeling like that is no way to build a foundation of growth off of, it is a recipe for failure.
I know one thing forsure, you can be skeptical of positive thinking all you want, but negative thinking works very well and it will attract many negative things into your life.
In would rather put my odds on positive and neutral thinking working out than have negative thinking work out, just my thoughts though ;)
Start taking this negativity out of our lives and open up some space for real growth. It feels good to be happy and not complaining all the time even though it is hard as hell in the beginning to switch your mindset if you have been conditioned for a while to think negatively.
The Diet for Your Brain
One of the most important aspects for mindset. Without this you are screwed...
Do you ever question yourself about if what you are eating is good for your brain or not?
I know I never did, until I actually started to and realized that once I cut out the things that were bad for me, I started to think more clearly and just had a better mood during the day.
I wouldn't have guessed that food had that big of a connection to how I was feeling mentally, until I actually made the switch to cut a lot of things out.
I was a college kid and eating what every other college kid was eating, nothing even close to good for you, plus drinking wayyyy too much. Looking back on it, it makes total sense why so many college kids are not as happy as they could be, it likely stems partly from the brutal diet that us college kids have.
I was really trying to get back in a better mood, so In started to cut out things I knew weren't good for me and add things I knew I needed more of.
And it isn't anything weird either, pretty normal foods that we all know we need to be eating but never really do.
Just simple things like cutting out a lot of processed foods, sugar and unneeded carbs (like a ton of bread) and subbing in things like way more water (our brain is mostly water so we need to keep it hydrated), more veggies and more protein, can help reduce out brain fog and get us thinking clearer.
No better way to try to grow personally then when you are thinking clearly.
Your Mind's Workout
Almost every day I will sum up the blog in some mental "workouts, which are essentially going to help you train your mind, much like you would train your body at the gym.
Because that is what MMNTM is all about, workouts for your mind. Much like you would train your body at the gym, this is like your mind's gym.
Your mindset is the foundation to the rest of your life so why would you not be training and improving that as well?
Exercise #1: Zero Sugar or Alcohol This Week
Duration: 1 week (longer if ya really want results)
Notes: Harder than it seems, still one of the harder things that I work on day to day.
Exercise #2: No Complaints
Duration: As long as you can
Notes: Let's see how long you can go without complaining.
Exercise #3: Meditation
Reps: 2x per day (Morning and Night)
Duration: 15-20 minutes per session
Notes: Try some guided meditations on YouTube
Exercise #4: Changing Your Negative Thinking
Duration: All day
Notes: Whenever you catch yoiruself thinkign negative, or more importantly saying negative things, catch yourself and chnage it or just don't say it/ think it at all.
And just like that another day in the gym at yourmmntm.com/blog has come to an end. If you really enjoyed the article all I ask is that you bring one friend back tomorrow for the blog, let them know about MMNTM! Thanks again for stopping out and I look forward to seeing you all again tomorrow.
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