How was your weekend? Did you get chance to do something epic, incredible and stupendously marvelous, or was it mellow and chill? Or…was it too crazy to talk about?
Mine was great and gave me many opportunities to grow. While picking up some side work to help build my dream (gotta hustle this muscle, buddy!), I was given many chances to practice patience and gratitude. See, life will give us many challenges – or as we optimistic folks call them, opportunities – to rise to the occasion. If we want to see and do things differently, we must start seeing and doing them differently.
Every day, I see social media shares from friends who want to live healthier lives, and yet they share depressing-ass shit, crazy viral food porn and are complaining constantly.
“Oh I want to be positive, but it’s just not in my nature.”
“I want to eat healthy, but I just can’t.”
BIG ALERT – it’s not in my nature, either. Why? Because I’m friggin’ human, yo. Despite how evolved and sophisticated we’ve become, we still have some primitive tendencies in our brains.
Remember when we talked about that super smart dude Maslow? He had some good stuff. Let’s talk about survival instinct.
Holy hypothalamus stimulation, Batman!
That saucy lil’ orange super stud is the hypothalamus, and one of the many functions it serves is to tell us when to kick ass, and when to haul ass. Scientifically, this is referred to as the “fight or flight reflex.”
Okay, so our brains and nerves do this saucy thing where they stimulate certain chemicals to course through us, causing us to react. So, when we perceive something as a threat (such a stress), our bodies go into a mode to help us cope with it.
And, for many of us, coping also means defaulting back to another base instinct – to eat. A great many of us don’t go, “I’m scared! Time to eat kale!!”
Hey if that’s you, well done. How do you do it?!
For the rest of us, remember this – it’s just your S.F.D. and it’s not your fault.
Your brain is on overload, like a switchboard operator that has just plain had enough.
Look at her face. That’s the how our brain feels when we want to eat healthy, but want junk food, too.
Here’s your action for the day:
Take a few moments to focus on what could be, instead of how things seem to be. What is versus the potential of what could be is vastly disproportionate – what can happen is way cooler than what has happened. If we change the way we see our future, our future will be different than our past and present.
Listen, this stuff comes from learning from the top folks in motivation, positivity, productivity and business. It’s insight reaped from people who have become tremendously successful in super hard times. This isn’t some Polyanna bullshit spouted by silver-spoon babies telling us that we can be rich, too. This is straight-up tutelage from the University of Hard Knocks.
Also, personally, it’s something I MUST practice daily. I’m in recovery. I’m in a huge transition – I’ve got a housing opportunity present and I have no idea what I’m going to do or how I’m going to pull it off. However, I have daily practices that include everything we’ve discussed, plus a whole lot more (like yoga, prayer, meditation, and reaching out to mentors and friends who have their shit together). I seek the counsel of those who have what I want, and I ask what I can do for them in return. They ALL tell me to just implement their advice.
Everyone wants to hear the great happenings of the tremendously successful and learn how they hell they did it. You’ll get those stories from the other side, after they’ve become successful.
For us, right now, we’re doing this together.
You are with me on my journey, and I am with you on yours.
Arm in arm, my friend.
Let’s do this ♥