When we were young we learned about proper nutrition in school. We learned about nutrients like vitamins, proteins and calcium. Foods were sorted into cliques called food groups. We discovered that our favorite foods like cotton candy, donuts and Cheez Whiz were nutritional ghost towns. While spinach, which was among the un-coolest foods, were the nutritional equivalent to Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Cue the Mariah Carey meltdown.
Eating the right things has a major impact on how we feel. As adults we know which foods we should and shouldn’t eat. We know which foods help us feel good, and which ones make us feel bad. #waferthinmint
But it is just as important to recognize the nutritional value of what you listen to. The music you listen to while lying in a hammock is different from the music on your workout playlist. Because what you listen to has a major impact on how you feel.
We all get to choose what we listen to. And who we listen to. And how much we consume.
Take a moment to evaluate your listening habits.
- Are you listening to the right things right now?
- Are you listening to the right people?
- Are you hearing things that make you feel better or worse?
- Is it helping or hurting your fortitude?
- Is it positively impacting your mood?
- Is it making you want to charge the hill or crawl in hole?
- It is providing answers?
- Is it inspiring good ideas?
- Is it calming?
- It is me you’re looking for? (Lionel Richie wants to know)
I have developed highly selective hearing. I have a hard time hearing that which doesn’t help. That which doesn’t get me closer to the answers, make me feel better, or give me something actionable to do. You can do the same thing. And it extremely helpful during challenging times like these.
Pay close attention to what you are listening to right now. And who you are listening to. Become a picky listener. Listen to learn. Listen to become energized and inspired. Listen for the good stories. Listen for the positive outlook and the great advice. Remember, You get to choose what you tune in and what you tune out. And the results are significant.
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