Today’s Monday Mindset is around your focus and how it effects your life.
So today I wanted to share with you a personal story of very bad habit I used to have..
What was it you might ask?!
Well.. about 8-9 years ago, I picked up the bad habit of watching “Investigative Discovery” and shortly after became addicted which is very congruent with my personality.
On the weekends, I could easily burn through 3-4 hours of episodes per night.
Now if you haven’t heard of Investigative Discovery or “ID” for short, it’s a channel on the Discovery network with many themed episodes which typically recounts “True” murder stories.
I put “true” in paraenesis; as the finished product of true story can sometimes hardly resemble the couple facts in which they build the foundation.
But since I am a very curious person and fascinated with people, psychology and the human mind, I quickly became obsessed. As the lure of psychopaths & serial killers would just pull me in for hours.
Extremely embarrassing to admit, but true.
But after about 2 years of binging on this content upwards of 6-8 hours nearly every weekend, it started affecting me mentally.
It got to the point I began researching cases that I had seen including suicides, serial killings, and murder cases in general.
After a little time I began noticing it was affecting my mental state and normal levels of happiness and positivity..
Until finally one day I hit a breaking point as I woke up in a complete panic after a nightmare in which I was being followed.
So later that day, and I decided enough was enough. I needed to stop watching this garbage for my brain and change my focus which is exactly what I did.
So I took a complete stand of eliminating any ID or any murder mystery show.
Was it easy? Heck no!
As being completely transparent, for the first 3 months of the ID detox, I had to put the “parental block” on the Discovery Network to detour me until I began to return to my normal state of happiness.
Consequently, my life and outlook changed.
Why do I tell you this?
Because what you focus on shapes your thoughts and life. Ultimately, it shapes your outlook, your view of the world and your actions.
**And as it turns out in looking at homicide data around the world objectively speaking, statistically we live in the safest time in human history as it pertains to homicides or violent crime. That’s right…. in human history!
In fact, from 1990-2015, the number of homicide victims per 100,000 people has fallen 20% worldwide according to Quartz research study.
Statistically, the world is actually getting SAFER from homicide and violent crime perspective.
Although, with my focus on ID consumption, I would have never known as the world began to feel bleak and dangerous.
So my friends, to kick off this incredible Monday, my call to action is for YOU!
And while I am not saying the world is care free without danger.
But I am asking…
What are you focusing on that is not serving you?
What can you mentally remove from your life that will HELP you be a better version of you?
What can you eliminate from your daily or weekly routine that will allow you to be a more positive light for this world we live in?
I highly encourage you to take a quick audit, be honest with yourself, and take action on whatever it is for you, just like I did for me..
As consequently, it completely shaped my focus & mentality in a very positive way and know it will do the exact same for you!
Committed to YOUR success,