How often do you think about your breath? Not whether it is good or bad, but the process of breathing in and out.
The answer is almost always…NEVER!
Breath is life! If we stop breathing, guess what…we die.
Think about this….when you exhale, you get rid of 70% of the toxins in your body…that’s crazy!
The benefits of taking a slow, deep breath are many. Besides the toxins you get rid of which allows you to live a healthier life, it decreases your appetite and calms you down.
In fact, when you take a slow, deep breath, especially if your exhale is longer than your inhale, you activate your Parasympathetic Nervous system, which is also known as the “rest and digest” system.
We live most of our days/lives in the Sympathetic which is the “Fight or Flight” system.
Fight or Flight is good if a Sabertooth Tiger is chasing you, but being in the state chronically can wreak havoc on your body.
This is all good stuff, but how can you control your life by controlling your breath?
An example is when our emotions come up, they take approximately 5–7 seconds.If we don’t catch them before they have made themselves present, many times we become slaves to them. Take anxiety or fear. Once an emotion arises, we are just along for the ride…it could be 30 seconds, 30 minutes or 3 days before we gain control of our emotional state.
When you learn to recognize an emotion that is starting to arise, stop and take one slow, deep breath, you have just taken control of the emotion by recognizing it.
If you can learn to connect your breath with everything you do…you can take control of your life!
Below is a 6 minute video of me explaining these concepts. Do yourself a favor and watch the video and then apply it to your mindset.
Your mindset can help elevate your mood, accomplish goals, increase motivation, productivity, and ultimately determine your success or failure.
Before you can develop a successful mindset, you must first understand…
What is Mindset?
By definition, Mindset is… an attitude, disposition, mood, intention or inclination. So, to put it simply, your mindset is a way of thinking.
Why is mindset important?
Well, because it can determine your success or failure…that’s all!
A great example of the power of mindset is in 2007 there was a study of 84 maids from different hotels. They were asked if they exercised. 1/3 of the maids said they exercised occasionally and 2/3 said never. The maids were then put through a physical assessment and were deemed to be as fit as a sedentary person.
The study then told 44 of the 84 maids that what they do for work actually meets or surpasses the guidelines for activity! They were even told calorie counts for some of the activities they performed at work.
One month later they did another assessment. The 44 who were told that what they do for work actually was exercise had lost on average 2lbs, lowered blood pressure and were overall healthier. This while not changing their lifestyle at all…they did not start exercising or start eating better, they just perceived what they did everyday differently.
It was the power of their mind that had effected their bodies and overall health…their mindset made them healthier!
How to Develop a Successful Mindset?
There are three tips I have for developing a successful mindset..
1) Write it Down…You will come to find out, this is the #1 thing I suggest you do if you want to accomplish anything…why? Because if you write something down, no matter what it is, you are 42% more likely to do it! So, if your mindset is to “be happy” that day, then you are 42% more likely to be happy that day if you write it down. Pretty simple.
2) Be Mindful…Being mindful simply means “paying attention on purpose” So, during the day, instead of going through the motions and letting the day control you, remind yourself of the mindset you set for yourself. You can even set an alarm and when it goes off, it will remind you to “be happy!”
3) Be Consistent…Consistency is the key to success! Ask any successful person how they become successful and they will tell you…Consistency! I have a program call TRUE PATH where I write down my mindset every single day. If you are consistent in writing down your mindset it will become habitual and you will start to live a more successful life…period!
If you can control your mindset, you can control your life! So, take that first step right now and write down the mindset you want for today. Then repeat the process tomorrow and the next day.
Below is my YouTube Vlog for this article…subscribe to my YouTube channel, turn notifications on, and you will get “My Daily Mindset (in under a minute). This is a daily vlog that is less than 60 seconds where I explain my mindset and why it’s important. A great way to stay motivated and accountable to improving yourself.
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Could you pass a lie detector test?
The answer lies (no pun intended) in your belief. Do you believe your answer is true or not? As the great George Costanza said “it’s not a lie, if you believe it.” Although Costanza was a highly neurotic fictional character from the show Seinfeld, he couldn’t have been more on target.
The power of the mind is something we are in awe, and in the dark about. People do things all the time that seem unlikely or “impossible”. A great example of this was a story told to me by my friend Bruce McNee.
Bruce is a golf professional, and like most of us he is a mediocre to average bowler. Bruce was in a bowling league where he had an average of 148 and a high of 192. One day Bruce was watching bowling on TV and saw Pete McCordic roll a perfect 300! As Bruce watched Pete throw this 300 game he admired Pete’s perfect form, and on that day his form was perfect! The visual of Pete’s form stayed with Bruce as he drove the next week to his bowling league. Bruce did everything he normally would before his league matches, talked with friends, threw a couple of warm ups, and he was ready to go. This week Bruce had something all successful bowlers have…the confidence and visual of actually throwing the perfect game. Bruce had the visual of Pete’s perfect game burned into his brain…the way he brought the ball back to the way he released it with the perfect follow through. Bruce threw his first ball and opened with a strike. After two more strikes Bruce was “on fire!” After his ninth strike in a row, Bruce was what athletes call “in the zone!” After a 9 spare in the 10th frame Bruce ended with a 279 score. Bruce had never before, and has never since, bowled over 200. So, why was this night so special? Because Bruce believed he could do it.
We all have it in us to do “extraordinary” things, we just need the belief in ourselves to accomplish them. We may not be able to harness this power all the time, but there are those rare moments in life where your brain is “in the zone” and you end up doing something you thought was not possible. Even though it is not rational to think we can get in the zone whenever we like, it is possible to practice the belief theory. With anything, the more you do it, the better you become. Why not try it yourself…think of something, anything you wish you were better at. Once you have that thought, visualize it, and start to believe it, more likely than not you will go beyond where you have gone before. Remember, you won’t know unless you try.
Why do we need supplements?
The answer is complex, but one reason is...money...Money?
What I mean is the food companies that deliver most of the food we have access to have stripped the nutrients and replaced them with sugar and preservatives. These are highly addictive and NOT good, but that is an article for another day :)
So, in order to get the proper nutrients we must supplement them.
With all the supplements that are available it can get overwhelming trying to find somewhere to start...so I made it easy! Here are the 5 supplements you should to be taking everyday.
1) Probiotic - Your gut is arguably the most important part of your body. There's good and bad bacteria that effect metabolism, mood and your immune system. Probiotics are live bacteria that are good for you. Adding a probiotic to your morning routine will help you live a healthier and happier life.
2) Magnesium - Up to 80% of the world is deficient in Magnesium. A proper magnesium level helps increase energy, calm nerves, lowers cortisol (stress hormone) levels, helps with sleep, digestion, regulates calcium, potassium, sodium, and is good for the heart...just to name a few. Great to take at night before bed...helps relax your mind and body for a restful night of sleep.
3) Vitamin D3 - Almost all of us are deficient in D. This will perk up your mood, but also helps bones, teeth and it doesn't hurt that vitamin D helps fight cancer...just a couple of reasons. Vitamin D fights disease, reduces depression and boosts weight loss...so, why would you not be taking this daily?!?!
4) Omega 3 - Just good overall...so many benefits. Seriously, too many benefits to list...just take it everyday :)
5) B Complex - With Folate, not Folic. Folate helps you absorb it, otherwise you're just wasting it. A ton of good benefits such as good energy levels, brain function, and cell metabolism. Take this early in the day or before a workout and enjoy!
There's a catch...you must make sure you get quality supplements, because there are plenty of "empty" supplements out there. Remember the beginning of the article and the food companies out for money without regards to your health? Unfortunately, this goes for supplement companies too.
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