As a financial blogger, I read a ridiculous amount of blog posts every week. Every once in a while, I read one which really sticks out in my mind.
Maybe it’s what I needed to hear, but this one over at GetRichSlowly really suck with me: Make the Choice Not to Decay.
Essentially, our choices send signals to our bodies about how we are using them: use it a lot by exercising frequently, and you tell your body you’re still using it, so it should go ahead and stay strong and young. Make the opposite choice and avoid exercise and you’re basically telling your body that you’re done with it, so it can go ahead and start shutting down.
While I pondered this over the course of the last day or two, I came to realize that this same principle surely applies to our minds too. If we want to stay sharp, we need to constantly learn and challenge our beliefs. It’s when we become set in our ways, when we think we already know “enough”, and that everything we know is an absolute fact, that our mental decay begins.
Like physical decay, it probably begins in your late twenties. Usually by then, people tend to get set in their ways and form strong, polarizing opinions about how the world works and our place in it. I don’t know about you, but I want a mind (and body) which is strong and supple, not one which is rigid and fragile. And that’s why I’m choosing growth!
If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably already made the choice. Here’s a few steps you can take to continue growing and avoid stagnation:
- Exercise. Often. Our ancestors exerted themselves physically every day because they had to in order to survive. We’re biologically the same as them but our lives are so much easier. We need to make it a little harder on purpose, which is what we call “exercise”.
- Eat natural stuff. If it has a food label, it’s not really food! Real food comes from the earth, not a factory. Everything else is “edible food-like substances” and should be avoided.
- Read. A lot. Material which is completely new is great. Material which questions what you already know is the best.
- Set goals. Review your progress and make adjustments. Don’t feel guilty, guilt is useless! Take failure as a lesson and move on.
Choose growth for a long and happy life!
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Have a great weekend!