The Daily Man-Up: Flank Your Mind

August 10, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Man-Up

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Sometimes with the mind a full-on frontal assault doesn’t work. You have to learn different tactics. You have to learn how to sometimes flank your mind. You have to sometimes fool the enemy which is your mind into thinking that you are allowing it to take the easiest route. Let the mind think it has won! 

When it believes that it has beaten you into submission, it will then release its grasp on you because the mind feels it has won. It’s like it is raising its arms in victory. While the mind’s arms are raised in victory, the mind is defenseless while you are planning your counter attack. Basically all you are doing is weakening that strong feeling to not do what you don’t want to do. And once it’s dropped its defenses, you can strike with full force. 

There are a lot of times in life when you don’t want to study, go for that run, do the work project, etc. Just tell yourself that you are just going to start on it today, maybe not finish the whole job at one time. Just tell yourself you are going to run 3 miles rather than the 20 originally planned. What this does is that it relaxes the mind. A big project is stressful, a long run is stressful, etc., but just starting it or running only 2 alleviates the stress and some of the suffering that comes with it. But, as we all know, once you get started on something, your mind will shift. It will run the extra miles, put more time into the project. 

Let your mind think you are negotiating with it, then crush it when it least expects it!