I don’t know about you but I’m so addicted to lots of things.
My brain just loves dopamine and it has lots of clever little ways to get it.
Like the little notification of a new message, any food that turns to glucose quickly once consumed, the feeling of seeing a familiar TV character from my current favourite tv show, the excitement of starting a new book and the thrill that I get when I have a new idea for my business.
None of these things are helpful to my success and quite frankly, I wish I was addicted to tidying and cleaning, salad, exercise, finishing books and the dry drawn out work that it takes to see an idea through to its completion.
I do actually get a nice dopamine hit from the completion of a task but my brain isn’t really fussed about that because it takes much longer to get that release than if I just ate some pasta and watched Netflix.
So, now that I have a greater understanding of my biological desire to seek out quick dopamine hits and how giving into that desire is what is derailing my success and driving my self sabotaging tendencies, I’m taking a stand and putting my addictive brain on notice.
I’m going on a dopamine diet.
This is not going to be easy but it’s crucial to my success.
From now on, whenever my brain is urging me to make a sandwich, eat some chocolate or start another project, I will be giving it water, grabbing a carrot stick going back to my ‘most important actions’ list to get the things completed that lead me to my success.
Because it’s SO easy to be sold into the latest fad, a new diet, a new TV show, a new book or another eCourse, but the true and lasting success comes when we can put down the distractions, stop chasing after the latest golden ticket and choose the things that get you from where you are to where you want to be.
Many people don’t like to consider themselves ‘addicted’ to anything because of the stigma that is attached to being an addict.
I couldn’t possibly be an addict, could I?
Well, our biology says otherwise.
Some people’s brains are more predisposed to those tendencies than others for sure, but the truth is, most of us are addicted to something.
For many of us, it’s the instant gratification that comes with our current consumer driven society, where anything we want is easily accessible and SO many of the things we are addicted to don’t have shame and judgement attached to them like drugs or gambling do.
Not only are they NOT frowned upon, they are heavily promoted and drip fed to us from a young age through various forms of media and we are mostly oblivious to it.
So it is no wonder that many of us don’t know how to do what it takes to make our dreams a reality.
It’s no wonder we set resolutions every new year proclaiming that ‘this year I’ll do better!’
It’s no wonder we usually don’t last longer than a month or two and revert back to our familiar old patterns of self sabotage.
And it’s no wonder we have a generation of people feeling unfulfilled and dissatisfied with their lives.
Well starting today, I’m saying a big fat ‘No’ to that way of living and a huge big ‘Yes’ to choosing the slow and steady path to success.
To letting go of distractions and focusing on what matters.
Are you with me?
What do you need to say ‘NO!’ to so you can commit to that bigger ‘Yes!’ you have within you?