Applying The 7 Day Mental Diet to Transform Your Life
We have all heard of diets and probably have been on at least one at some point. We have also heard, “You are what you eat.” We are aware that what we put into our bodies affects us physically. But have you considered what goes into your mind?
Emmet Fox wrote about The Seven Day Mental Diet back in 1935. You have also heard, “What you think about comes about.” So why not a 7-day mental diet? Thoughts are the food for our mind. Our thoughts create our reality.
Everything in our lives is entirely conditioned by our thoughts and feelings that we have entertained in the past and by the habitual tone of our past thinking. Thought is a real causative force in our lives. The Law of Cause and Effect comes into play here. Thoughts are the cause and our environments are the effect. If we change our thoughts, then our conditions will change too. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds.
Now the challenge here is that we are so close to our thoughts that it is difficult to apply the transformation. We must stand back and look at our thoughts objectively. This is going to take conscious control on our part and lots of practice. This is where the 7-day mental diet comes in.
This also about creating a new habit. Adopting new habits is easier with discipline. You can agree to set up a new habit and with discipline, it is now non-negotiable. Also, an interesting new tidbit is that the latest studies indicate that it takes an average of 66 to 90 days to create a new habit and that is only with a support system in place.
You may be getting the drift that the 7-day mental diet is going to take longer than 7 days. Here is the drill. For seven days you must not allow yourself to dwell for a single moment on any kind of negative thought. This discipline is so strenuous as it will ask you to be totally conscious of every thought. You can start any day of the week but once you start you must go through for seven days without any negative thoughts.
Since we live a very negative environment (just listen to the news), this diet is going to be a challenge. You are going to be facing negativity every day especially if you listen or watch any media. Your job will be not to entertain any of it in your mind. You might want to consider a break from media for a week to make it a little easier. You may be faced with negativity at work or at home as well. Once again you may hear those ideas but don’t entertain them in your mind. You may also choose to avoid any negative people for this 7- day mental diet.
Then there is the ongoing dialogue that is running through your mind at any given moment. So, a negative thought is any thought of failure, disappointment, or trouble, sickness or accident, any thought of criticism, or jealousy, or condemnation of others. This also includes self condemnation or any self-effacing thoughts. Basically, any thought that is any kind of limitation or pessimistic thinking is not allowed.
Once you entertain a negative thought for more than 7 seconds, you must start the 7-day mental diet all over again. The first goal is to get through one whole day without any negative thoughts. This may take several days or even weeks to finally get through the whole day. It is going to take conscious effort and discipline in order to do this. But the payoff at the end of this exercise is that you will experience extraordinary changes for the better and your future will be very encouraging.
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