“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot–it’s all there. Everything influences each of us.” –Maya Angelou
It cracks me up when people say they are going on a diet. Many do not understand and don’t care to know what the word “diet” means. A diet is anything that is habitually provided or partaken of. Think of it like this: whatever you consume is your diet. This includes food, television, radio, books, conversation, relationships, etc. All of these have an impact on our mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, and social well-being.
Take a personal inventory of what you consume. Are the things that you consume having a positive impact on your life? I am noticing more and more that people are seeking instant gratification in every area of their lives.
I highly encourage you to assess your life and what you are consuming.
- What do you eat?
- Did you have breakfast today?
- Are you and the clerk at McDonald’s on a first name basis?
- How often do you fry food?
- Do you eat raw fruits and vegetables every day?
- Do you watch TV?
- What do you watch on tv?
- Real Housewives?
- What kind of music do you listen to?
- I don’t even know where to begin here. 95 percent of today’s music is terrible.
- Do you read books?
- A healthy dose of non-fiction for knowledge and fiction for creativity will transform your brain.
- What kinds of relationships do you have with people?
- What kind of conversations do you have?
- Do your friends and loved ones support you?
- What do you spend most of your time doing (outside of work and sleep)?
- Does this activity have a positive impact on your life?
Every person should do a personal assessment of their lives. Everyone is exactly where they want to be-but only the successful people will admit it. My recommendation is for you to set a long-term goal, then take it one step at a time to achieve it with short-term goals.
So how is your diet?