The Mindset Fountain
A Simple Technique To Manage Your Emotions
Certain problems are easy to solve.
If you are thirsty, you take a drink. If you are hungry, you grab some beef liver (or at least I do).
By now, most of us have learned how to handle these common biological signals. But what about some more complicated ones.
What do you do when you are bored? Unmotivated? Burning out? How well do you handle these emotions and triggers?
Just like keeping NyQuil on hand in case you catch a cold, I propose proactively setting aside helpful resources for the major negative emotional states that inevitably crop up.
I call this system the mindset fountain. Like a fast-food soda machine, you can pull whatever tap you want based on your mood.
Here’s what mine looks like.
- When I’m falling back into unproductive rhythms, I reread Cal Newport’s books and listen to his podcast.
- When my calisthenics progress flatlines, I rewatch Matthew Smith’s Journey from Zero to Holding One-Arm Handstands.
- When my general motivation fades, I listen to the JRE with David Goggins. By the end, I am ready to run through a brick wall.
- When my social life dries up, I watch YES Theory to get inspired.
- When I’m over-cluttered, I watch Matt D’Avella to make space.
- When I lack enthusiasm for my projects, I turn to Jack Butcher’s feed.
Rather than being thrown off by these states, I know ahead of time where I should turn and what content to consume.
Proactively stock your pantry like it’s the start of the pandemic all over again. Make sure the taps of your mindset fountain are full.
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