What makes these 7 toxins so dangerous is that they act and work like radon gas. Radon gas is silent, odorless, invisible, and it kills. These toxins can rob you of success in precisely the same way radon can take a life. How many of them are to blame for your Do Over?
Over the years I have been able to identify seven toxins that will almost assuredly interfere with your aspirations. When they are present, success can be almost impossible. What makes these 7 toxins so dangerous is that they act and work like radon gas (my own personal metaphor). If you don’t know, radon gas is silent, odorless, invisible, and it kills. These seven toxins can rob you of success in precisely the same way radon can take a life. Here is my countdown of the seven:
Toxin #1: Violating the Law of Being
The natural order of success and achievement, or life in general for that matter, is:
BE – DO – HAVE
The law states that by focusing solely on “being” the person you desire to be, you will be compelled to “do” what that person would do, resulting in what that person would “have.” If this blog is anything but your first exposure to personal development, you have likely heard of this law before (or a variation thereof).
The “Law of Being,” as I refer to it, is so powerful that if you were to stop reading right now and apply only it, you would not need to read any further. Implementing this law is easier said than done, however. The vast majority of our world’s population, even the people who are familiar with this law, unknowingly violate it countless times per day. Disregarding this one law is literally the equivalent to swimming upstream, running against the wind or riding a bike up a hill. If life is treating you unfairly or is doling out tough lesson after tough lesson, if it feels like the world is against you, stop and look at who you are being.
The Law of Being is akin to the Law of Gravity. It exists whether you believe in it or not. The Law of Gravity will not discriminate. If you were to jump off a building, gravity could not care less if you were good, bad, fat, skinny, old, young, rich, poor, dumb, or smart; gravity says you will hit the ground. The same is true with the Law of Being. It affects everyone the same.
Pay attention to who you are “being” most of the time.
Toxin #2: Stress
Stress, under certain conditions, may produce a positive experience. It is not uncommon for one to respond to stress by calling on internal resources to produce results and accomplish goals. Referring to stress under these circumstances in a post titled “The 7 Toxins that Kill Stress” would not make much sense, so I will omit further explanation of this type. For the purposes of this post, we will refer to stress as the suppressive and toxic force that it can be.
Stress is the consequence of the body’s failure to appropriately respond to emotional or physical threats, whether actual or imagined. Stress can produce a state of alarm, adrenaline and short-term resistance as a survival mechanism, and over time lead to exhaustion and illness. The symptoms, or consequences rather, of stress include emotional irritability, muscular tension, loss of concentration, and a wide variety of physical reactions such as headaches, skin rashes, hair loss, elevated blood pressure, and accelerated heart rate. The most alarming part about stress is that just about anything a human interacts with is a potential stress inducer. From overdue bills, bright lights, traffic, difficult coworkers, death, marriage, divorce, deception, pain, health, and environmental issues such as a lack of control over one’s environment like mobility, housing and food to unemployment, insufficient sleep, job pressure, drinking, and adversity can cause stress. I could go on, but you get the picture.
I am not a doctor (I just play one on T.V… just kidding), nor am I qualified to counsel anyone on stress management. If stress is a serious concern for you, my advice is to seek professional advice.
Toxin #3: Your Thinking
When I refer to your thinking as a toxin, I am speaking of negative thinking and your current thinking (even if it is positive). It’s important to note that the thinking that got you here will not get you there. Surely, you have heard Einstein’s definition of insanity! It reads, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” You can easily swap out the word “doing” with “thinking” and the quote’s logic would be just as sound.
The mind is a fascinating mechanism. When working in a certain way, it will propel you toward and manifest whatever you desire. But the same mind functioning in a different way can produce cataclysmic failure. It all begins with your thoughts:
Bad thoughts = bad results
Good thoughts = good results
Great thoughts = great results
Is it really that simple?
You become what you think about most of the time. Whatch your thoughts.
Check in tomorrow for toxins 4 through 7.