I have often wondered what happens to our mind with the continual bombardment of messaging. So I did some research.
Social media, blogs, emails, news, radio, TV, gossip, water-cooler chats. It’s an influx of messages. All with varying degrees on the positive to negative spectrum.
These messages are inputs to your brain. You are asking your brain to process the information you are consuming.
Each piece of content, whether written, spoken or visual, is a signal to your brain.
The content is processed, dissected, valued, and embedded in your psyche.
(If you’re consuming, it must be important right?)
That’s how your brain works.
But here’s the punch. All that brain fodder turns into thought.
If the fodder is nutritious, you have positive thoughts. If not, you have negative.
The more thoughts you have of a similar pattern, the more your behaviour follows it.
And so, your actions.
You only need to look at motivated and successful people and their reading habits. They consume very specific, educational, and empowering content.
They surround themselves by inspirational material and people.
Marcus Aurelius tells us that our mind becomes a reflection of our repetitive thoughts.
And our thoughts drive our behaviour and actions.
Be cautious of what you feed your mind.
Analyse what type of content you are consuming every day.
Where do you spend most of your online time? Is it empowering or enslaving you?
Turn off content that doesn’t move you forward.