Things Will Get Better If You Focus On The Right Things: The Things You Can Control
Posted Oct 25 2008 9:02am
Sure these are tough times...but it's easy to use them as excuse not to take action. If you are suffering with chronic back pain or chronic neck pain...the last thing you need is the added stress of worrying about something you have no control over...the economy.
In fact, I remember doing research on the relationship between stress and cancer...and there was a famous study that was done with mice on a spin wheel. The mice that had control over the spin wheel released hormones that were anabolic (pro growth) and healthy. The mice that were unable to control the spin wheel produced hormones that were catabolic (destructive to tissue) and very unhealthy...precursors to cancer.
Putting yourself into a situation (mentally) that you have no control over can cause serious harm...so why do it?
Put your mental attention and focus on the things you do have control over, such as what you eat, how often you exercise, what you read, how you prepare for your work, how you take care of your spine, what you put into your body, etc.
Not only does the mere act of doing this produce healthy chemicals...the actual lifestyle knobs you are adjusting produce healthy outcomes in and of themselves.
If you put your attention on making yourself more valuable to your employer you will make more money. If you just complain that you want to make more money, you will keep getting more of the same. It's just how it works. And because you have control over the process and effort you are making, you make healthy chemicals.
This is why complainers and people with negative attitudes always seem to be sick...it's a negative feedback loop. It's also why people with a really poor diet are often overweight and suffer chronic illnesses...it catches up to you.
So focus on the right things...the things you have control over...and let everything else happen as it will.