Breakfast of Champions
Here is a re-post of a blog I wrote back in December, 2011.
“Breakfast of Champions”
We know that breakfast is considered one of, if not the most important meals of the day. It helps you get a new day started after a night’s rest. In the same way that what you put into your body is important, what you feed or put into your mind at the start of each day is equally important. Beginning your day by feeding your mind positive, ideas, etc. can go a long way in helping you deal with the challenges and stress you may find yourself coming up against during the day. It doesn’t matter where the food comes from, positive thinking books, spiritual writings, books of quotes, etc.; the container is not what’s important, but rather the medicine within it.
If you put crap food into your body you will get less than satisfactory results from it. In the same way, if you ignore feeding your mind or put a bunch of junk into it (pessimistic or negative thoughts, etc.) you will get poor results from it.
I’m not talking about the amount of food you put into your body here. Some people, for instance, like to eat a big, hearty breakfast, whereas others (like me) like to eat very lightly at the start of the day. And sometimes you may only have time to grab a quick snack. But why stop at breakfast? What about lunch and dinner, or even a late-night snack? If you feed your mind good, nourishing food at different times throughout the day it can help keep your motivation level high.
On the flipside, it’s equally important to know what not to put into your body, you should understand what can be detrimental to take into your mind. For example, getting bombarded by another person, be it a family member, friend, whoever, with negative comments or statements first thing everyday can be a very enervating experience, and can help set a dismal or negative tone for the day. While you might not be able to isolate yourself from such comments, you can at least try to insulate yourself from them as much as possible. In a similar vein, knowing what’s going on in the world is definitely important, but that doesn’t mean we have to feed ourselves that information first thing when we get up.
In my opinion, an individual’s mental diet is every bit as important as their nutritional diet. Remember the acronym “GIGO” which stands for “garbage in, garbage out.”