Exercising your brain

So this week’s theme so far seems to be focused on your mind and way of thinking. (I didn’t plan it that way. Maybe my brain is slowly taking over control of my writing…) As you may know on Wednesdays I normally talk about fitness as a strategy for overcoming metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance. To heal yourself from Type 2 diabetes and similar complications it takes more than just physical fitness, it takes strength of mind.

I have a very successful friend who recently reminded me how he’d been using daily affirmations for over ten years. Jack Canfield, the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books, has a great write-up on Daily Affirmations for Positive Thinking. Jack shares that, “Daily affirmations are simple positive statements declaring specific goals in their completed states…Daily affirmations are to the mind what exercise is to the body…Repeating affirmations helps to reprogram the unconscious mind for success.”

My friend also shared a recent discussion he’d had with a mentor about whether it was more important to instill confidence or self-belief in their children. He shared that confidence is temporary. Some days we are at the top and feeling like we can take on the world (like after a great workout!) other days, we can barely keep from having to scrape ourselves off the sidewalk. Self-belief though is more permanent. Self-belief is the fuel for the positive changes we want to make, in ourselves and the world.

C.S. Lewis, one of my favorite authors once said,

We are what we believe we are.

That is true whatever we think, good or bad. I hope you’ll start exercising your mind to instill belief in yourself and what you can do.

Check out this week’s prior posts, Who’s got the time? and An unquenchable mind for more on how your mind affects your reality.

For more fitness inspired posts see Let’s HIIT it!, Walk it Out and Investing in Yourself.

HT to Josh Sigman, contact him at jsigman@legacymutual.com if you are looking for an excellent mortgage experience (I have)

Please like, share and comment below. I’d love to hear some tips on how you exercise your brain. Have a good one!

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