One thing I had to do for the sake of my sanity and reframing my perspective was cutting the news. There’s nothing good that came from what I saw in the stories. It made me think I lived in a place of negativity and just fueled the negative train of thought in my head. I decided to stop watching the news and start being very selective of what I read online. At first, I was worried about being completely out of the loop. What if something big happened and I didn’t know about it? I soon realized that if it was big enough, I’d hear about it from family and friends or it would find its way onto my social media feed.
The longer I went without watching the news, the better I felt. Over time, my perception was no longer that the world is this place overrun by negativity. I started to observe the kind and positive things that happened all around me. Things that were well worth mentioning and broadcasting. I realized that bad things happen but that I was more aware of them because that’s what I focused on in my mind and what was highlighted in the news. Once I started paying attention to the good things, I couldn’t help but notice the number of good things that happened every day.
Whatever you look for, you’ll find evidence of. So if you tend to focus on the negative, you’ll be flooded with reasons to validate that point of view. If you open yourself up to the possibility of seeing the positive, you’ll see the everyday evidence you’ve been overlooking. Today, I just wanted to encourage you to be mindful of what you feed your mind. For the most part, I consider news to be junk food for the mind. I can’t remember the last time I watched it. I’m selective and intentional of what I feed my mind because I know first hand how detrimental it can be to feed it junk. Here are some of my favorite ways to nourish my mind-
- Lewis Howes has an incredible podcast called The School of Greatness. Since I’m not an iPhone owner, I catch the video version of the podcast on his YouTube channel.
- Evan Carmichael does these great video compiles I love. It’s called 10 Rules for Success where he shares video clips from entrepreneurs to thought leaders. It’s a great way to focus on something empowering.
- Chase Jarvis has some incredibly powerful and inspiring interviews over on the Chase Jarvis Live Show. I love how down to earth his interviews are, it’s like a front row seat to an incredible conversation with really big names.
I had a hard time narrowing it down to three but I didn’t want to overwhelm you because I have tons of sources I turn to nourish my mind. I also really enjoy reading but I’m able to accommodate listening into my day on a regular basis. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post. Did it make you realize that you need to be more selective and intentional of what you feed your mind? Feel free to share in the comments. Sending lots of love your way and wishing you all that you need to support you in changing your focus.
Former mind junk food consumer turned Women’s Worthiness Coach