The Thinking Diet — Part 1

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Diet programmes and fitness gurus are big business these days. And rightly so. We are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of looking after our wellbeing through what we consume and what we do to maintain our bodies in the best possible condition.

Some people have recognised that even foods that previously would have been categorised as healthy are not so great for them — gluten free and dairy free options are now readily available in shops. Like putting four star petrol in a diesel engine, yes it’s fuel, but one car will run well on petrol whereas the other will cough and splutter… a lot!

But what about our thinking? What are our brains consuming and is it the right stuff?

Chances are you haven’t even thought about it. However our thinking is so susceptible to influence and suggestion I am stunned what people will pour into it or, even more worryingly, that of their children.

Your thinking diet is everything that your thinking consumes in a day. The radio channel you listen to, the TV you watch, the books you read, the friends you talk to and the conversations you have. All of that is going into your thinking and guess what? It builds what we call new mental models; models of how you see the world and how you filter information, ultimately informing how you show up and behave.

So if you have a stroppy teenager in your house I suggest East Enders is not the best diet for their thinking. Door slamming, shouting and unhealthy relationships!

If you are feeling really stressed out then edge of your seat terror films are not going to be your best friend right now.

If you are thinking about starting your own business don’t go to the friend or family member who you know will tell you how risky it is and your idea is awful anyway. Seek out the person who has already done it who can give your real insight rather than irrational fear.

The Thinking Diet is a way of understanding our brains for what they are — not always right or logical, highly susceptible, a risk-mitigation system to keep us ‘safe’ but ultimately relied upon to direct our life.

Change your Thinking Diet change your life.

In Part 2 I’ll be writing about how our own thinking can talk us into or out of things and what we can do about it.

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