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Overcoming Your “Inner Enemies”

You aren’t born a good person, nor are you born a bad one. You don’t come into the world having courage, and you aren’t born with fear. There are experiences you’ll have that grow your courage, and others that make you feel small and weak. To conquer the first of your mental enemies–fear–you must step-up into courage.

Having courage is a prerequisite for overcoming the barriers and fears that block your ability to achieve the life you want. Fear of taking action can ruin your relationships. Fears can crush your ambition. Fear can stop you from going for your goals, and destroy you financially. Fear is one of the most harmful inner enemies. When it arises, pay attention to the message it’s trying to give you, then make a decision and move on. Cut it loose.
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Using your Brain Effectively (Part 12)


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If you’re in that relaxing place right now I would like you to do this process. Or go find a place where you can just sit or lay down. If you have tight or restricting clothing like a necktie, loosen it.

This process can extend your life expectancy and enhance your mental and physical health both. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to do.
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9. Watch Less Television

Why would Harvard recommend you watch less TV? Primarily because it’s inactivity and often the content of programs can promote an increase in your stress due to the stressful content. The Harvard research team found these two aspects of TV do have an effect. Watching TV makes you inactive, you’re not getting exercise, now if you would exercise a bit while watching TV then that would be to your benefit. Often people eat between meals while watching TV and they tend to eat more junk food.

TV also tends to make people more antisocial. You’re at home, you’re zoned in on the TV, and not talking with people face to face. You’re rarely doing relationship enhancing behaviors while watching.
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5. Goals & A Positive Future View

Another factor in this Harvard study is that people who have goals and are positive about their future tend to feel better overall. They reported that people with stimulating goals live on average as much as seven and one-half years longer! You need to have goals. You need to have a reason to be alive. You need to have things you want to do. If your biggest goal in life is to retire so you can sit and do nothing you have a problem.

What’s going to keep you alive and keep you going is being engaged, being excited, being positive, making sure you are moving forward into an ever better tomorrow. Now that doesn’t mean that every moment of every day is going to be the most fun you’ve ever had, but you have to be doing things. You have to be challenging yourself and have a reason to be alive.
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2. Hang Out With Others

Take the time to see friends and hang out. Spend some time with people you like and get something positive from being around.

Life expectancy can be increased just by hanging out with friends and family. The more connected you are, the better your overall health. Having positive relationships with a spouse, friends, family, coworkers, people in your church or neighborhood, or athletic groups that you participate in, all make a difference.
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Volumes of research has shown that having a positive outlook will improve the quality of your life and give your health a boost. Truly those people who live to be the oldest, who have the greatest longevity, have been shown to have a positive view of their world overall. You need to find ways of letting go of some of those things that get in your way. Make time to do things you enjoy.
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Interact For Growth

An important component is being social, talking to other people. Have people to interact with, whether that is social interaction at work, or social interaction in your personal life–have social interactions. Talk to people that you like, that stimulate you, that cause you to think and grow.

While cocooned within the comfort zone we run a risk of avoiding unfamiliar people or situations because it’s not comfortable to us. Going into that place where we are a little uncomfortable, having expansion and growth and interaction is good for you.
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