No matter how you look at it, the average person is exposed to countless forms of negativity per day. It shows up on TV, in loved ones, at work, and so on. Even on a subconscious level, the daily negativity affects our minds to the point of mentally blocking us from reaching our goals and full potential.
For instance, many people who are single wish that they had a significant other, but have certain beliefs getting in the way of that goal. Maybe they’ve watched so much news that they fear becoming a victim. Maybe they know a few divorced friends who constantly tell them never to get married. Maybe they have yet to learn how to let go of their own past relationships. Those are some big mental blocks that can lead to self-sabotaging behavior, such as trust issues, even if they do date someone.
Fortunately, we can lessen and even repel the damage by making a few commitments.
Everybody knows that Jerry Clark is one of the most well-known giants of personal development. One system that he is famous for is his 30-day mental fast. It is a list of 8 tasks that one must do every day to detox their mind. Some of these tasks require you to eliminate certain activities from your life. If you’re like most people who complete the entire 30 days, you won’t even want to return to those activities when you’re done.
1. Read an Empowering Book for at Least 15 Minutes Per Day
It is recommended that you start your day with this task. After all, the first thing you do in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. Reading in particular will prepare your mind for the day. Why not read a book that strengthens your skills, such as a book on writing mystery novels, if you plan on writing some? Or you can read a biography about an entrepreneur, and learn what it took for them to get to their level. You can also read personal development books that teach you how to think like successful people.
2. Turn Off the TV
Jim Rohn. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Warren Buffett’s Investment Tips. These are just some of the TV shows that don’t exist. Because everyone knows that sex, drugs, and controversy populate most networks. These shows won’t be going anywhere for a while, so you won’t miss much when you turn them off.
3. Avoid Newspapers
Yes, people still read these. In fact, 20% of Americans often get their news from the papers. Newspapers are like that one neighbor who calls to tell everyone the bad news, and the worse news. Avoid them — to quote my business sponsor — TODAY!
4. Replace the Car Radio With Empowering Audio
According to AAA Foundation, Americans spend 17,600 minutes in the car each year. Imagine how much they can learn if they played personal development CDs while driving instead of the same songs over and over airing on the radio. That driver might as well eventually reward themselves with a graduation cap and gown.
5. Hang Out With People Who Empower You
On the journey of life, not everyone will come with you. If you have goals, many of your loved ones who don’t have similar goals will weigh you down by telling you that you can’t, or by having a mindset that contradicts the one that you need to go further. Those people need to be loved from a distance. Maybe a few hours a day for this person, and once a week for that person.
Instead, spend more time with people who are going places, and want to take you with them. Social media is great for this, as you can literally search the world within seconds for people with big dreams. Most successful people are happy to add like-minds to their path.
6. Drink More Water
There’s an old saying that 8 cups of water is an ideal amount to drink per day. More is even better, especially on 95-degree days like the one happening as I write this. Even better would be to get into the habit of buying less to no soda or juice, and focusing on water consumption. Would you rather make yourself hotter, sicker, and more exhausted with soda and juice, or drink something that actually cools you off and has been scientifically proven to heal you?
7. Exercise for at Least 20 Minutes Per Day
Exercise doesn’t just make you lose weight; it helps build your mind. It teaches discipline, challenges you to go beyond what you thought were your limits, and it of course makes you healthier. If you think you can’t handle 20 minutes, exercise your discipline until you can. A great start is walking, as it a simple exercise that has several benefits.
It’s not whether we get through of the day that causes us to grow; it’s what we get from the day. At the end of the day, take some time to reflect on the positive experiences. What did you do today that your future self will thank you for? Who did you help? Who helped you? While you’re at it, visualize your goals and ideal life. Everybody knows that the more you do it, the sooner you’ll attract the means to have what you visualize.
A mental fast requires you to do all 8 of these tasks for 30 consecutive days. I’m just curious, when would now be a great time to make your commitment?
Make a nice day!