I can speak with great authority on this matter because I have a Lazy Brain. Or I have had most of my life. I think it might be starting to kick in and enjoy working now at long last! And I can see how this thinking thing is a really important part of being successful.
Thinking is not much encouraged in our society. And not many of us are lucky to have a thinking chair like the guy in Blues Clues does with the young world watching him think. I suppose that’s why I like to write – it is like thinking aloud and getting attention for it at the same time.
Well, sharing thoughts is more fun than just thinking them on your own and keeping them to yourself.
Anyhoo I think most of us have lazy brains. Thinking is actually quite hard work at first. You need to generate momentum to make it a habit, but then once it is a habit it has its own momentum. But developing the habit of thinking takes time and effort.
But it really isn’t as big a mystery as I always thought it was, this thinking thing. It is just a matter of digging in, fearlessly.
Remember how difficult it was doing dishes when you were younger? It was daunting, overwhelming and seemed so tiresome. Now after years of practice you know you can do it easily and you can most of the time just knock them out without any emotional drama.
Thinking is the same. You know what you need to think about. You think about thinking about the problems you need to think about. And you wait for a ripe time to think and that might be a good thing because you may be unconsciously working on the problem and letting life help bring it in to focus more. And then you find a time and a place to think. It might be while you are doing dishes. It might be while you are taking a walk. It might be sitting in a park. It might be during prayer or in a notebook with written thoughts. Journaling can be a good way to get started, to get unstuck.
I think better when I’m in prayer. It seems to bring out the best in my mental state.
And as you think more and more, you get better at it, and your brain starts to find enjoyment in thinking and problem solving and planning and strategizing and pondering and wondering where before it found these things tedious or somehow frightening.
I’ve learned through my focus on diet and lifestyle that everything is just habits! You are not a bad person for living the way you are living or for carrying a ton of extra weight or being unsuccessful. You just have habits that support those things.
As Warren Buffet says: “You know what you need to do. Now make those things habits”. That’s the essense of the habits of highly successful people. You don’t need to know their habits because your idea of success may be very different than theirs. And you already know what you have to do next to get where you want to go. We all have things that are calling us to our next level in the areas that are most important to us. We know what to do!
But how do we make these things in to habits? As Deepak Chopra says, it is not by talking or thinking or deciding or studying or planning or making lists or anything else that we are able to change our habits; it is simply by doing!
Every time you do the thing you want to make in to a habit, you are building the neurological pathways that form habits. You are what you do.
Do your good!
Take the time to think about things. Make thinking a habit. And then you’ll be able to think about the other habits you want to create – and then start doing them! That reminds me of a good tagline from a company who understands about creating good habits — Just do it!
Do you think better on raw foods? It is easier to think when your body is in health and your emotions are in balance. Any healthy lifestyle will contribute to this kind of mental poise. It takes more than raw food, but a healthy raw or high-raw diet can be an important piece of the puzzle!
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