SUMMARY

  • Today’s segment is about Mental Power, a.k.a., how to have more juice up here so that you can get done the things that you want to do.
  • “Energy” – Here we’re talking about practically physical vigor, but we’re also talking about spiritual vigor.
  • Focus is your ability to use your intelligence and to use your energy and to direct it in the way that you want it.
  • “Intelligence” component. This is your creativity, the quality of your ideas, the quality of your judgment, how fast you can make links between one thing and another thing.
  • Here’s how most people navigate decision making and making choices in life. They rely almost entirely on willpower.
  • So, pre-made decisions protect your willpower and also allow you to select a good number of things in your life that you want to do the same way every time, and then just do it that way as a habit. It makes hard things easy.
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Welcome to this video.  It’s Alex Goad, best selling author, coach, and small business specialist.  Today, we’re continuing the thread of 10X in your life of maximizing your potential and of doing everything possible so that you can get everything that you want out of life.

Today’s segment is about Mental Power, a.k.a., how to have more juice up here so that you can get done the things that you want to do.  I’ve divided Mental Power into three very important categories that give you the overall whole.  Here’s what they are:

“Energy” – Here we’re talking about practically physical vigor, but we’re also talking about spiritual vigor.  This is being able to get up at a reasonable time, become sharp and focused pretty quickly when you get up in the morning, and then sustaining a high level of energy and output throughout the day on a reliable basis.

Second of all is “Focus.”  Focus is your ability to use your intelligence and to use your energy and to direct it in the way that you want it.  For example, studying something, reading a book, solving a complex problem, figuring out an opportunity that you want to take advantage of.  Can you get down to it, set a time, sit your butt down in a chair and get that output going without being all over the place?  That’s your ability to focus.

Lastly, the “Intelligence” component.  This is your creativity, the quality of your ideas, the quality of your judgment, how fast you can make links between one thing and another thing.  All of these things come together to produce the ultimate skill in life, which is “Determinism.”  Not determinism in the sense that your entire fate is already determined before you even take any actions but rather, on the contrary, your ability to alter your fate based on what you want.  You see a problem coming up in your life, you alter the course.  You can do that because you’ve got the energy, you’ve got the focus, and you’ve got the intelligence to do it.

You want to seize a new opportunity?  You’re going to need to be able to determine the use of your mind, how you occupy that mind space, how you follow through, how much you concentrate on those things versus ”Leave it up to chance.”  All of those things determine determinism which allows you to either get what you want very reliably or not get what you want, or almost never get it, or only by accident.

Here’s how we’re going to increase our capacity to deliberately create the results that we want in all spheres of our lives.  Are you ready?  Let’s get started.

There’s more to it than this, but I’ve selected the five best and five worst practices so you can have a spectrum here of the best thing you can do versus the worst thing that you can do in each one of these fields.

The first field is a good diet versus a swamp diet.  Swamp diet comes from a really great article written by a nutritional researcher called Denise Minger.  What she concluded or what the research showed is that when you eat a standard North American diet or a standard diet of any modern culture, you’re getting a large amount of fat and a large amount of carbs in the same meal, and you’re mixing them together.  She’s calls that the “Nutritional Swamp Land.”  Why?  Because it produces inferior results and makes your brain inflamed, it makes you fat, it makes you sluggish, and it exposes you to all sorts of different diseases.

If you see what a good diet does – and so far I’ve been able to identify two good diets, but one of them really stands head and shoulders above the others – a good diet gives you energy, gives you satisfaction with the food that you eat and is highly sustainable, meaning that it doesn’t screw you over.

How can a diet screw you over?  It can make you inflamed.  It can give you brain fog.  It can make you sick.  It can reduce your immunity.  It can reduce your energy.  It can really affect your brain power a good deal.

I’m going to be presenting to you my favorite diet, one that I’ve been on now for almost five years, that allows me to stay, not rail thin but six-pack ready, all year long, to have all day energy every day, to never get sick.  It’s got so many benefits, I think everybody should be doing it.  Maybe I should call it the “10XYL Diet.”  What do you think?  Let me know.

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Swamp Diet – If your diet doesn’t make you feel good, if you eat food at lunch and it makes you tired in the afternoon, calculate the cost of that on your life and on your ability to accomplish, and you’ll have your answer.

Let’s move on to the next point.  This is super important.  Here’s how most people navigate decision making and making choices in life.  They rely almost entirely on willpower.  What does that mean?  It means, they go to the restaurant, and when they get to the end of the meal, they look at the dessert menu and they think and negotiate with themselves, “Am I eating dessert tonight?  Am I going to have the cheesecake or am I not going to have the cheesecake?”  For a lot of people, this occupies a tremendous amount of mental space.

But it’s not just about food.  It’s also about exercise.  It’s about choices.  It’s about how you’re going to spend your Friday night.  It’s about what time you’re going to go to bed.  It’s about how many pages you’re going to read.  It’s so many things.

What we’ve shown about willpower is, there’s two sides to willpower.  Number one, willpower is crucially and critically important, and people that tell you that it doesn’t work or that it doesn’t matter are wrong.  Studies show that the people with the most willpower are the most successful at life.  But there’s a double-edged sword, because if you use willpower, it’s a finite resource.  Meaning that, every little decision that you make, every time that you resist temptation, your willpower comes down a little bit.  A lot of people, by the time they get to the middle or end of their day, their willpower reservoir is completely gone.  Now, instead of being able to filter their thoughts, filter their actions, it just goes straight into impulse mode.  And that creates a lot of problems.

Here’s how you reserve your willpower for the important stuff and refuse to drain it for the small things.  It’s with a series of pre-made decisions.  What’s a pre-made decision?  The more of these you have in your life, the better you’re going to do.  A pre-made decision is when you know that after work on Wednesday you’re heading straight to the gym.  It doesn’t matter what’s happened during that day, it doesn’t matter who invites you to do what or go where, it doesn’t matter what your other options are, you don’t even consider them because you have a pre-made decision.

The same way, for example, in the 10XYL Carb Cycling Diet or Keto Cycling Diet that I’m going to share with you in one of these upcoming videos, I do not eat carbs on weekdays unless I’m on vacation or unless I’m traveling for work.  What that means is that I have clear, black on white rules.  I know I’m not having that spaghetti or that lasagna.  Even if I go to friends’ places for dinner and they have a beautiful dessert, I’m not even tempted to eat it.  I don’t have this negotiation process that goes on inside of me.  I know I’m not eating it.  It’s a done deal.  It wasn’t always like that.

If you’re thinking, “Oh, whoop-de-doo,” you can resist the chocolate cake, this is a habit.  It’s a habit of deciding in advance what you’re going to do and what you’re not going to do.  When you do that regularly, it becomes automatic.  In the beginning, I really wanted the cheesecake, but now I don’t even care because I know I’m not having it.  It’s that simple.

So, pre-made decisions protect your willpower and also allow you to select a good number of things in your life that you want to do the same way every time, and then just do it that way as a habit.  It makes hard things easy.

Deep Study versus Distraction.  This, in our modern era, is one of the biggest killers – period.  What’s distraction?  Distraction is, first of all, we’re bombarded by advertising messages.  Recently, statistics have shown that the average person sees 5,000 marketing messages in every single day.  The number one thing that breaks our ability to focus and concentrate is what we call “screen sucking.”  That means, looking at screens and consuming information or media without any real purpose other than to entertain ourselves.

When we do that, we have all of these buttons and options available, and what a lot of people do is cycle between Facebook, between YouTube, between a whole bunch of other things.  And they’re just going bing, bing, bing, bing, bing, really fast.  What that does is, it creates a dump of dopamine in your brain.  While you’re doing it, it tends to feel good.  Then it doesn’t feel good afterwards.  But the real problem is that this transforms the structure of your brain and makes it so that now your attention span is less than that of a fruit fly, actually less than that of a goldfish.

There’s a piece of research that came out recently that showed that goldfish have a nine-second attention span.  The average human is now under that.  Think about it.  You know what creates that low attention span?  Screen sucking is the number one culprit.  All of that mindless browsing has a gigantic cost beyond the time wasted.  It changes your brain.  It makes it so that you can’t focus.  You can’t concentrate.

The opposite of that is Deep Study.  There’s a really interesting book by Cal Newport called “Deep Work,” and what he talks about in that book is that the skill, the ability to do deep work, is one of the most valuable skills in the world.  You develop your ability to do deep work by sitting down and focusing in an environment where everything else is blocked out on studying things that are fairly complex.

If you’re trying to improve your life, there’s so many different ways in which you can do that.  Probably you’ve identified certain sections, or certain parts, that you really want to focus on.  If you spend some time every day, and it could be 15 minutes, it could be half and hour, it could be more, but start with less so that you can do it right.  Then, sit in a couch and have a piece of paper.  Be quiet.  Don’t have any distractions about you, and really focus on it.  If you do more of this and less of this, your brain and its structures will regenerate and become “normal” again to the point where you can read a book, or you can solve a complex problem, or you can really focus for half an hour, for an hour, for three hours, on one single, simple thing.  No phones required.  No buttons.  No switching between one website and another.  No email.  No news.  And it all feels fantastic.

And, almost finally, Clarity versus Confusion.  It’s so important to get clear about what you want in life, and I’m going to talk about this in the next video because we’re going to talk about spiritual energy.  But if you don’t engage with things that are meaningful to you, that you find important, then it’s very hard to become clear on how to run your life.

On a day-to-day basis, you don’t know what you want because you’re not really invested in the things that deeply matter to you, and so you’re wandering about aimlessly.  What tends to happen is that when we select our actions and our behaviors, and when we think about what we should be doing, what we shouldn’t be doing, the whole thing becomes a giant, confused and jumbled mess because we don’t have one clear big arrow that’s pointing us in a direction and that we can base everything else off of as we’re going and making progress in that one single direction.

So, I’ve kind of sold this one now, and here’s where we’re going to conclude.  Meaning versus Aimlessness.  This makes a difference.  Sometimes when you look at it, you think, “Wow, that’s impossible,” because you see one person, and you see them when they’re aimless, and you see that they have no energy.  They get up late.  They go to bed late.  They do all sorts of weird stuff all day long.  They don’t get anything done.  And then all of a sudden, when they fall into a place in their life where they find meaning, where suddenly this matters to them, you see that their level of energy goes through the roof, and their ability to suddenly be clear about things and to do things correctly in general increases radically.

So, if ever you feel like you’re aimless, there’s a good reason why you’re aimless.  It’s because you have instincts, you have desires, and you have suppressed them.  Or, you have fear, or you have anxiety, or you have something that is stopping you from fully engaging with that which you truly desire in life.  When you don’t engage with what you truly desire in life, everything else falls apart.  How could you have energy?  How could you have clarity?  How could you decide in advance to make the right decisions rather than to let yourself be tempted by whatever comes across your plate in that particular moment?

Purposefulness is the number one driver that takes your life and helps you bring it in the direction that you want it to go.  Because it’s not easy.  It’s a lot easier to do nothing.  It’s a lot easier to not do these things than to do them – under one condition, if you’re aimless.  If you’re not aimless, if you have a deep sense of purpose, then it becomes easy to get all of these things in order.  I know that as soon as you try to live your purpose, suddenly a lot of different things happen.  And one of them that happens is that a lot of times our anxiety level goes up, our fear level goes up, because all of a sudden, we’re going to be stress testing our best vision of ourselves.

It’s easy to sit there on the couch and imagine yourself as something amazing in the future, but when you try to start materializing it, that’s when you start feeling like, “Oh, boy, this is not how I imagined it, and this does kind of break down my illusions about the world, about myself.”  But you know what the breaking down of those illusions allows you to do?  It allows you to learn what’s actually going to work.

And then you become the kind of person who’s able to face that uncertainty, to face that anxiety, and to transform it into certainty, into results, into productivity, and into deep meaning in your life.

If you want to be able to determine your future, you need to pay attention to these things and, especially, you need to create meaning in your life.  And that’s what we’re going to be talking about the next video.  We’re going to be talking about spiritual energy, the intangible energy that animates us when we feel a deep sense of meaning and purpose in our lives.  And I’m going to show you how you can connect with that and get more of it.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this video.  I’m Alex Goad, reminding you that, “Today counts.  So, behave yourself appropriately.”