If I asked how you train your mind, what would you say?
- “I read a lot.”
- “I meditate for an hour every day.”
- “I journal every night.”
If any of those things are true, then you’re doing a great job of feeding your mind. But what happens when you feed yourself and don’t workout?
You get flabby.
People who hit the gym regularly have bodies that show it. The same is true for people who condition their minds. Conditioning isn’t about feeding your brain new information or finding productivity “hacks,” it’s about creating a training routine for your mind.
Thinking of your mind as a physical thing, a concept we call the body-mind, is a big shift for some people, but it’s fundamental to conditioning.
People who can’t conceptualize this are always at the mercy of their reptile brain and have little control over their thoughts.
I’ve written this how-to for conditioning your mind for people who don’t want to be victims of circumstance. If you want to be in your mind’s driver seat, the first step is to understand the physical forces that control your mind.Continue