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2 Million Years Old
You may have guessed it. I am talking about your brain. Didn't realized you've aged so well did you? Actually you have aged quite well. It's the evolution we need to talk about.
See here's the deal, most of us are still wired to be fleeing a saber tooth tiger and looking at self preservation. All coffee, Monster, and Red Bull aside, even as adrenalized as we are today, we are still in fight or flight mode.
Take a moment and think about it.
The last time you made a crypto move, read a blog on the topic, or saw Vitali's social feed, what was your first inclination?
Did you find the "we could do this better" or "that's really cool" side of the topic. Be honest.
I know there are some who say, I totally thought Vitali was cool. So maybe in that example, now apply it across your life.
Did you put fuel in the car and it smelled or was expensive. Did you go to the supermarket and find produce that was not exactly what you wanted but it worked. No judgement here, just recognize what you are thinking.
I am betting that if you are honest with yourself that you will see quite a bit more on the survival side as opposed to the gratitude side.
Yours truly does it all the time too, so I am definitely not judging.
What Are You Feeding Your Mind?
What you put in your mouth is equally important as what you put in your mind. And these days, it can be tough to find the right diet and mix of sustenance.
I know when I read about Twitter hacks, see the latest YouTube video that has a crypto add stacked in front of it, along with any number of things that folks are talking about, it could be easy to head down the path of negativity.
Fortunately, I have learned a couple tools along the way that have been really helpful. I would like to share one with you if you have another minute.
The Power of the Pen
Throughout my life, I have always thought that writing, penning a book, or just having some kind of long form communication was really cool. In my early 20's I lived overseas while I served in the Peace Corps, and letter writing was a staple for everyday life.
I would write a letter a day to a family member or friend. In many ways it was sharing life, talking about what was happening and creating a story that was just flowing through my fingertips.
As the years have come since that time and more consistent use of technology, messaging app's and other tools, my writing has wained. This all changed when I started to do something different.
I started a journal.
I'm sure it seems taboo, and you might be thinking, that's a bunch of b.s. "I'm not starting a journal" or "It's a waste of time".
In my head, I had just about every reason under the sun to not write a journal, from it will take too long, to someone would find it someday and daylight all of my deepest and darkest secrets.
What I didn't realize is that a journal doesn't have to be a catch all for every thought, interest and desire. It can actually be very directed. Topic by topic, even activity by activity.
Safe to say, that today, I have about 5 different active journals that I add something to daily. Don't worry, I'm not talking about 5 today. Rather, I want to share the first one with you, which for me was the root of all the others.
Gratitude is key!
You probably figured it out by now. It's a gratitude journal. It takes less than 2 minutes everyday, and I have to say that while I can't put my finger exactly on an internal ROI, I ABSOLUTELY can say that it has changed my life.
You don't need anything fancy. It can be the back of a receipt or even a bar napkin from your night out, if that's available.
Write down the date and a number 1, 2 and 3.
You guessed it. You write down 3 things that you are grateful for. It can be for the magnificent cup of coffee, or that you made it home in one piece from the night before.
The added value in this is when you physically write (and type to some degree), it further cements the emotion to your psyche, more specifically your subconscious.
With that linkage, there will be things that happen throughout your day where you can't quite explain how it worked out like you wanted too, or maybe you didn't feel disappointed about something that you were expecting too.
It's possible that others around you will notice too.
The point is, that just like working a muscle, you can work your mind. You can take as much time as you want or as little as a minute or two. That is your choice.
This has worked in my favor for sometime and I wanted to share it with you.
Whether Big or Small
...issues come up, you will be putting yourself in a better place to zig when others zag. Or to find solutions where others only see problems and obstacles. Most importantly, this tool will allow you to skip across the b.s. and distractions with the grace of a hopak.
Just ask yourself and write it down. What are you grateful for today?