Life Gives You Evidence of What You Look For

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.
-Niki Meadows
Former mind junk food consumer turned Women’s Worthiness Coach

24 Replies to “Life Gives You Evidence of What You Look For”

  1. Funny, I have been off of Facebook for 11 days now, and didn’t realize how much I relied on it for news about the world. I didn’t know about the mudslides that happened right here in California, and I felt kind of bad for having no clue. But apart from that, I totally agree- I have no use for all the negativity. It really gets to me. I even have to be really selective about the movies and shows I watch, it can weigh me down so much.

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    1. I actually don’t get that much news related stuff on my Facebook. I’m in several groups so those posts dominate my feed. I used to feel bad when I didn’t know about the bigger events too but I’ve found that finding out a little later was worth it because I saved myself the exposure to the other negativity on the news cycle. I’m so glad you’re being so intentional about what you feed your mind ❤

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  2. Can’t remember the last time I watched the news. I do watch YouTube though, but I’m only looking for deeper revelations of the changing conscious environment. We are creating everything. It’s all inside us, and then splashed all over creation.

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  3. I used to start off my morning by flipping the TV on and watching the News. I started feeling such anxiety and worry in my everyday. Now, I start my day off avoiding the TV. Instead, I start my day off with a daily devotional and reflection or I write in my daughter’s journals (I started one for each of them when they were born as a keepsake for when they get older) or I read inspirational quotes. Just as important as it is for us to feed our bodies with nourishing foods it’s as important to feed our mind and soul with nourishment as well. Love this post!

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, the news did the exact same thing to me. I can’t tell you how much relief I felt once I stopped watching it. I hadn’t realized how anxious it made me feel until I stopped watching it. What an incredible way to start your day and what wonderful keepsakes for your daughters! I agree, it’s so important to nourish ourselves mind, body and soul. Thank you so much for stopping by ❤

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  4. I cut news quite some time ago. It really is junk food for the brain. It is amazing, though, how much flack I get for it. My family values being up to date and “informed,” so when I don’t know about the latest bone-head thing the government did it decreases my credibility with them. I’m ok with that! I know that, in my industry (nutrition), the media gets most things wrong and what is reported is largely subject to who has the biggest advertising budget. I’m guessing that is the way they operate with most things. So maybe I am better informed after all!

    Also, I engage in “Digital Detox Days” where, even though I run an online business, I don’t check my social media at all and I only have my phone on me if I leave the house in case of emergencies. I do this after 9 pm and before 5 am daily as well. It’s part of my wellness protocol.

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    1. Yeah, we only see what the highest bidder wants us to on the news. So I’m with you, I’d rather feed my mind more nutritious brain food.

      That’s a good practice to have! I know where you’re coming from. I find that I use social media less and less because I spend so much of my work time online. This year, I’ve dedicated the first couple of hours to my physical wellness which means no social media or email until after I’ve nurtured my body and mind.

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  5. Ditto here… Our family rarely watches the news and only look up the news when we hear of severe weather or something local going on that we need to keep an ear on. Love this: “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.” These words ring true and I completely agree that what we focus on is what we bring into our life. I am one who hates it when people complain on a regular basis or always pick out the negative out of a situation- because they make those negative things manifest by focusing so much on it and fail to see a different perspective, more kinder perspective. So thank you for sharing how we all can truly manifest positive or negative within our life, it doesn’t always just happen to us but has more to do with what we are filling our mind with.

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    1. I’m so glad this resonated with you. As a former chronic complainer, I just can’t find anything good that comes from focusing on the negative. I’m all about being intentional with what we feed our minds. To healthy mind food! 😉

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