I’m blown away of the power of our brains and all the good use we can put them to. What’s even more impressive (aside from the fact that each one of us owns one of these wonderful things free and clear!) is how our brains are constantly running. I liken our brains to a race horse that wants to run. Similarly, our brains need to be trained to run where we want them to run, versus just letting them run wild in any they’d like.
Can you imagine the owner of a highly valued thoroughbred race horse allowing the magnificent creature to run through any rocky pasture, hillside, or street it wanted? That would be a horrific use of such a valuable investment. Instead, such a horse’s diet, training, facilities, and environment are all conducive top performance, because that is how you treat a thoroughbred.
I think our brains should also be treated as the thoroughbreds that they are, or that they can become. We should give them the proper care and training that they are worthy of, in order for them to perform for us at the high level they are capable of.
So, how do we train our minds so they perform like thoroughbreds? The following items are good places to start:
- Monitor the content we’re allowing into our minds to ensure its productive and positive.
- Take our negative thoughts (toward ourselves or others) and quickly redirect them toward a more productive line of thinking.
- Expose our brains to new ideas through books, classes, podcasts, computer-based training, or conversations with others.
- Continue to apply our brains toward learning new skills we’d like to acquire.
- Use them to solve problems and come up with solutions and idea.
- Engage your brain daily.
What a blessing to be in possession of such a creation! May we treat them (and train them) like the valuable thoroughbreds that they are.
I love journaling. When I journal, I feel more observant, reflective, grateful, and focused. Yet with all the positive benefits, I’ve had a hard time getting into the consistent regular habit of journaling.
There will be seasons where I journal a lot, but then I’ll stop and go for long stretches without an entry. What makes this even more frustrating is that I have done a good job of forming other positive habits that I do daily. However, regular journaling remains elusive.
That said, I still work to create the habit. I haven’t totally thrown in the towel, because I think it is a habit worthy of pursuing. Just because that habit isn’t forming right away, doesn’t mean I should give up on it. It it’s important to me, which it is, I should continue to strive to form that habit.
Striving is progress, and that progress ceases the moment we stop striving.
“How you do anything is how you do everything.” ~Unknown
This saying causes me to pause and think about how I do things. Specifically, how do I handle the small day to day things in my life. Do I give my best effort or am I half-hearted in my efforts?
Now I’m not saying that we have to give 100% focused, top of our game effort on every little thing we do. That would be not only exhausting, but also unnecessary! The bigger question here, is what is our dominant mindset when we do things? Do we regularly mail it in, or are we in the regular habit of giving our best effort? Do we offer the minimum effort to get by, or do we regularly give a little beyond what’s needed?
It’s a good question to ask, and one we can pretty easily answer when we look at the results we’re getting in life.
“What’s it like on the other side of me?” ~ Pastor Amy
During the sermon at church last week, one of our pastors referenced this question that she often asks herself in relation to what it’s like for others to interact with her. I though it was a great question I should start asking myself!
We all know what it’s like to be us. We’re aware of our opinions, our values, and what we think. However, are we aware of how those opinions come across when we’re talking to others? Are we aware of possible no verbal signals, attitudes, tones of voice, judgement, or perceptions we may not mean to send, that others experience when communicating with us?
Pastor Amy’s question causes me to think about how I treat others (intentionally or unintentionally) when communicating with them. It reminds me that communication is so much more than just words.
Wal-Mart shoppers often get a bad rap. There are websites out there that show pictures and behaviors of what some people think are stereotypical Wal-Mart shoppes. However, I had a couple experiences last Saturday that shatters the typical stereotypes you’d see on such sites.
First, I was on the isle looking at plastic storage bins. (So many choices!) As I was comparing a couple options, I could see a shopper out of my peripheral vision push their shopping cart down the main isle. I didn’t think anything of it until I heard a voice saying, “You don’t want to buy that one, because the plastic handles break off.” I turned and noticed that lady was pointing to one of the bins I was looking at on the shelf.
“Really?” I said, in a tone that invited her to tell me more. She told me that she had bought that particular bin recently and after using it for a short timeframe the handles had both broken off. I told her I which plastic bin I was considering, as I pointed to its location on the shelf. She said that one would be a much better choice.
After grabbing the bin, I headed to the pet section where I was looking for some litter box solutions for our cats. I had a couple of products in my hand when I heard another voice to my right. “I just bought that one, and it’s really good.” I turned to see another lady pointing to one of the products in my hand. “Oh, really? So, you like this one?” I said, as I held up the product she was pointing to. She asked if I minded a recommendation, to which I responded, “For sure! What have you got?”.
She told me about her recent purchase and how it has been working well for her cats. We talked for a few minutes about some other options, and she bid me “good luck”.
I think it was so great, in light of all the division and discord between people these days, that each of these ladies decided to offer their assistance to me for no other reason than to see that I made a good purchase.
There should be a website to showcases people like that!