Every time I disappear from blogging, it’s usually because of only one of two reasons: I’m drowning in negative self-talk (maybe we all go through this) or I’m not reading enough.
My recent four-day blogging hiatus is because of the latter.
It’s my goal to read a book every week. Unfortunately, for this year, my rate is only at one book per month. And the books I finished this year only have 100+ pages each and are written in big fonts.
(Here’s a pro tip: If you have a reading goal and you’re near your deadline, grab a short book. Just kidding. That's cheating yourself.)
For the past few weeks, I’ve also been struggling with self-doubt (that’s why many of my posts are about self-belief). I usually respond to self-doubt by escaping from the real world and playing video games. I may not have finished a lot of books, but I finished a lot of games these past few weeks. (I’m not really proud of this achievement. But, hey! I got three Platinum Trophies in my Playstation Trophy Collection—meaning 100% game completion for three games!)
Blogging is one of my outlets. But, I feel like I haven’t been writing my best ideas for the past weeks as well. On some days, I don’t blog at all. It’s all because I’m filling my mind with garbage—video games, negative thoughts, and mindless television.
What you fill your mind is what comes out of you: the words you say, the actions you do, the work you accomplish, and the art you create.
Fill your mind with garbage and you’ll also produce garbage. Watch a mediocre TV show and all that you can create is mediocre. Fill your mind with negative emotions, you’ll also become bitter, angry, discouraged, or easily upset. You might even be paralyzed by your negative thoughts.
It’s garbage in, garbage out.
What are you filling your mind with?
Today, I want to challenge you (and myself) to make a list of the activities that you that fill your mind with garbage like watching TV, scrolling down your Facebook news feed, or mindlessly surfing the internet. Then, make a list of activities that can inspire you or bring out the best in you like reading a book, drawing, or writing.
You need to replace your mindless activities with creative activities. Otherwise, you’ll just go back to doing the former. Life is a vacuum.
Finally, commit to doing less of the former and more of the latter. It’s all about commitment.
Shall we start creating?
P.S. One of the best times to read my blog posts is during your lunch break—to encourage you or break your routine in the middle of a stressful day. I’m looking for a way to send this to my blog’s subscribers during their lunch break—no matter the timezone. Coming soon. If you haven’t subscribed yet, feel free to subscribe to the Free Daily Email.