Feeding your Mind
Written by Professional Academy Management and Leadership Tutor, Kathryn Knights
Our overall wellbeing is often measured in terms of what we eat and how much physical exercise we take. But our minds need to be looked after as well and you need to be careful about what you allow your mind to feed on. Giving your mind the right nourishment will help you to become the best version of yourself so that you can achieve your goals and pull others up along the way.
You can’t be creative if all your ideas come from your own head. On the other hand you can’t excel at something if you constantly take on information from multiple sources without having any internal filters set to prevent unnecessary information getting in.
It’s human nature that we gravitate towards the things that are easy and fun as they tend to be the things that give us a dopamine hit (the chemical released by our brain when we do something that is pleasurable). Unfortunately those same things won’t provide you with deep fulfilment and happiness. Below are some practical ways to create a sustainable information diet.
Social media has revolutionised the way we communicate. We can now connect with people around the globe every second of the day. The problem with social media is that it’s designed to be addictive .The badges and notifications are used as a way of feeding our addition, making it impossible for us to put them down. Social media has also made everyone a reporter or news expert which makes it increasingly had for us to decided what credible and what isn’t.
Take control of your social media feeds by deleting, hiding or unfollowing the people, pages and groups who are of no use to you. You will never know everything there is to know in the world so be content with focusing on the area where you can have the most impact.
Workshops are ideal because they shorten the learning curve. They allow you take on specific knowledge that is relevant and tailored to your needs in the most efficient manner.
Hunting for information on the internet feels tempting because it’s free and easily accessible. But it’s time consuming finding credible sources and even when you find them you need to be able to analyse and translate them into something meaningful.
Signing up to a workshop (whether short or long term) will make much better use of your time. Attend face-to-face workshops wherever possible as they take you away from your every day surroundings and enable you to meet new people who may be able to help you achieve your goals – even just through increasing your motivation levels.
Find your tribe
Find your group or community who will bring you up. These are the people who will enable you to be better than you are today. They could be people who are subject matter experts in an area you would like to know more about or people who are well connected. Social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn can be used to good effect here. Seek out the specialist groups you would like to be a part of and join them. Take part in the conversations they have, be ready to listen and most importantly be helpful to others.
Successful people read a lot. Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey – they all read to expand their mind. Not only does reading provide you with new and credible information, it’s a great way to tune out noise and improve your concentration levels. Take time to prioritise your reading and reduce your screen time by investing in paper books rather than digital versions.
Here are five books that will improve your overall wellbeing. Read them, absorb their information and take action. Keep them in your reference library and use them as a source of nourishment when you need an injection of motivation or to re-set your mind
1) The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni
2) Deep Work – Cal Newport
3) So Good, They Can’t Ignore You – Cal Newport (success won’t just come from passion/love. You need to have great skills. Leverage your skills and excellence)
4) New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else)– Fay Wolf
5) Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg McKeown
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