I was inspired to write this post after spending two weeks at the gym and couldn't refrain from sharing my observations here.
I've been attending the local gym more often these days because I'm committed to get in the best shape of my life and admittedly, I have 30 lbs yet to loose (I'm down 20 and the rest will be off soon – notice the "intention" and "expectation". I'm a believer in what you think about and say will happen, will come to pass)
And there is a point to this that pertains to business, I promise.
So, I'm spending about 3 hours a day at the gym between the treadmill, weight room and pool with a short stop in the locker room. I'm exposed to people from all ages, genders, backgrounds and ethnic groups.
By the end of the week, I've spent a good 15 hours in this environment, a place where people come to get physically fit. Spending time on the physical is important and just as important is being mentally fit. So how did that go?
Well, I was interested in a little experiment just to see for myself (maybe I was bored, but nonetheless was at least curious) to see what people are watching on TV, talking about in conversation and listening to from their ipods. I took notice for a couple of weeks.
It's not that I was nosey or invading anyone's privacy, I was simply being observant.
In the two weeks, here's my results.
Those who watched TV…
Grown ups included…. shows that were watched most often…
Cartoon network (yes, even grown ups)
Judge Judy type shows
This didn't make up all, must most.
Those who were listening to ipods…
I'd simply ask, "Hey how ya doing? Good book?"
(Pretending I thought they were listening to a book read)
NOT ONE person in the course of the two weeks were listening to anything other than music… which is fine, it makes more sense I suppose to be listening to upbeat music while you work out than to motivational books… no problem.
For me, I'd rather be working out the brain and feeding it full of prosperity and success principals but to each his own.
Those engaged in conversation…
Doom and gloom of economy
Complaints about jobs and bosses
Broken cars and not affording new ones
Hot chicks on the media circuit
Box office movies
Complaints about various relationships
NOT ONCE did I hear good news, a conversation about business, travel and vacation, opportunities, stock pics, entrepreneurship, or anything of interest that I would want to participate in.
Here's the point: Have you heard you are what you eat?
Well, you are what you think.
Now, don't get me wrong. There's nothing wrong with catching a bit of whatever you like on TV, some great upbeat music while you workout and an opinion about a new box office movie… but it can't be your life.
It made me wonder what the dreams and aspirations of these individuals are and where they are at in their journey. I saw high school kids laughing at SpongeBob thinking it was really funny (it was downright stupid if you ask me… call it a generational disconnect in humor I suppose) and wondered what they are feeding off of to grow their dreams, confidence and self-esteem.
Call me a prude, but I set standards in my home as to what would be acceptable brain food for my children and most TV programming didn't make the cut list.
Don't let your brain be filled with poisonous thoughts.
There is plenty of “garbage” available to put into your head. TV shows, newspapers, radio talk shows, and sensationalist blogs abound, all playing on the general fascination with bad news.
I stopped watching TV shows and reading newspapers almost 2 years ago for this very reason. We live in an age and time where the world is on sale, there's tremendous abundance for entrepreneurs and opportunities are vast. But you don't see that on TV. To watch TV you'd think you were destined to be sick and homeless.
Why put things into your head that disempower you? I would think it's terribly difficult to walk away from the news and say, "Wow, what a great time to start a business… I'm inspired!"
Why not consciously choose what goes into your mind, and choose it for strategic reasons? You have total control of what you feed your mind, the thoughts you have and the belief systems you develop. How are they serving you toward your entrepreneurial goals?
In the words of one influential writer, the Apostle Paul, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Thank you Ray Edwards for this reminder.
And read Jeff Walker’s article; it’s good stuff, and worth reading, especially for Internet Entrepreneurs.