We all know the saying, “You are what you eat,” and it’s true in a very literal sense. What you eat ends up becoming part of your body, so make sure it’s mostly good stuff.
The same is true with what you read. The ideas you read about become part of your mind, and the more you read on a certain topic, the more that topic permeates your thoughts. That’s why it’s so important to focus on reading that which enriches your life, and to avoid reading that which impoverishes your life.
You are what you read.
Who do you think is the happier, more successful person? Someone who reads classic fiction, self-development books and blogs, spiritual texts, and overall positive writing, or someone who reads the news, the angry, combative comments under news articles, and celebrity gossip magazines that focus on drug addiction and cheating? I won’t insult your intelligence by answering the question.
This is why I advocate cutting the news out of your life entirely. I barely know what’s going on in the news world and I’m happier for it. There is literally zero benefit in knowing all of the terrible, depressing shit that’s happening out there unless you’re looking to go fix it. And I seriously doubt that’s your intention.
Reading lighthearted, positive writing on a regular basis will, 100% guaranteed or your money back, make your life better. Reading about successful entrepreneurs will make you more successful. The ideas you absorb become part of your mind and mingle with all of your other thoughts, especially on a subconscious level.
Without even trying, you will start to think like the people who write what you read. Make sure those people are successful, happy people. Not angry, stupid people.
What your view is of the world is your world. Reality is subjective. If you don’t know about innocent women being raped in the Middle East, that’s not part of your reality. It doesn’t exist in your world.
Trust me, I know it’s difficult to cut the news or certain websites or magazines out of your life. It truly is an addiction, and when it’s just a click away, it’s tough not to just “take a quick look” then end up spending an hour or two letting the internet take a dump directly into your brain.
Mold your own reality with positivity and inspiration. Life’s not all sunshine and rainbows, but you can make it so.