Up and Down

Up and Down

Upside Down and Inside Out

Upside Down and Inside Out

UP & DOWN

Psychologically speaking, we all have our ups and downs. It’s easy to fall down into a rut, isn’t it? Sometimes you don’t even know you’re in it until it’s deep and wide. Maybe you feel inept or that you can’t seem to get ahead. Your routine seems to be dragging you down. Generally you’re bored with life and tired of doing the same old thing.

You must convince yourself that you can take charge of your own life and move forward. But how do you do that?

The key, I believe, is discipline. You’re going to have to ask yourself to do some things that you really don’t feel like doing. The rut emits strong forces that will guise even your desire to get out. Subconsciously, in fact, you’ll probably do everything you can to stay in it. But you need to break free. Here’s how:

Repeat these simple steps until you find your mind rising up to challenge the demon. Stick with it. Push yourself. Remember, right now you’re blind and need direction so fight the urge to return to the rut.

  • Do something that you know you can do — something you’ve wanted to do but have put off. — Clean your office or wash your car. Your brain needs to repeatedly witness success. Success needs to be your habit. The key: make it simple. Don’t start any heavy-duty project until you feel your mind-for-success returning.
  • Finish what you set out to do. Stopping in the middle perpetuates the anxiety and deepens the rut. It’s important to pick small tasks — things you can complete. You need to know how it feels to be successful.
  • Surround yourself with beauty. It’s the last thing you “want” when you’re down — to see or witness beauty. The rut enjoys your company. And as hard as it may seem, you need to surround yourself with beautiful things. The sweetness of life needs to return to your spirit. You must remember what it’s like to enjoy something. So turn on the music, light a candle, or pick some flowers — whatever would tend to turn you on.
    —- Levi Hill (c) 2003

Ink Notes:
Researchers have discovered that the brain is much more complex than any modern day machine. Neurons in the brain number in the billions, making the number of possible synaptic connections almost limitless.

Think of a neuron as a tree trunk; its branches are called dendrites. By means of these branch-like structures your neurons communicate (and you think). Those who constantly use their brain have more dendrites. It’s been proven recently that you’re able to grow new dendrites throughout your life.

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