Don’t Read This!

Free Yourself from Mental Slavery (Pt 2)

Don’t you hate it when someone tells you what to do?

I sure do.

In fact when told what to do (or not to do) there is often an urge to do just the opposite! Who hasn’t seen the “DO NOT TOUCH” sign and then went and touched anyway?

It is almost as though we were compelled to touch by the sign itself.

Well guess what?  

This unconscious urge to rebel against authority comes into play when WE are the authority too!

This means when we tell ourselves to change our behavior there is an urge to disobey.  To disobey ourselves!
For example, telling yourself  “I HAVE to stop  eating fast food!”  is not likely to have a lasting impact.  Some part of our brain says:

“F%^K you… You can’t tell me what to do!”  

And of course sooner or later we find ourselves in a situation where we “need” to run through a drive thru somewhere. This is the same reason most new years resolutions fail. If you really want to make a change just telling yourself what to do is not going to cut it.

How do we do it?  How do we get ourselves to improve, without it backfiring?

In order to make changes that last we need to seek out new information.  Information that supports the behaviors we want to cultivate.  This is important because it eliminates the need for willpower.

I have not eaten a bite of fast food in years.  It is not because I have some kind of super willpower.  I have not given myself any kind of ultimatum about not eating it and it is certainly not because I have never enjoyed the pleasures hot McDonald’s fries.  It is because after years of trying to use willpower I finally sought out information to support my beliefs.

Watch this then see how appealing a chicken McNugget seems.

This all sounds very simple (and it is) but we will not benefit from if we don’t USE it.  We must take some time to educate ourselves.  

In addition to the above example I also watched other movies.

Food Inc.

Fast Food Nation

Super Size me

It doesn’t take much to change your behavior you just can’t force it. Educate yourself consciously and you will not need to rely on some kind of super charged will power.  Changes will happen naturally.

Watch all the above movies and see how your diet changes, without really having to “do” anything.

Now when I “need” to run through a fast food joint…I don’t. Because I don’t want to. I would rather be hungry, or I run into a grocery store and get a ‘build your own salad’.

If there is a behavior of yours you want to change think about what you can do to support the opposite behavior.

If you don’t want to be so pessimistic read optimistic books. (Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think or The Rational Optimist)

If you want to be a republican Watch Fox news and listen to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

If you want to think for yourself and have your own opinion, stop watching TV entirely.

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