If you are experiencing an acute physical discomfort or pain, you may well go and see a physiotherapist who can help you learn about your body. You learn how your joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons work. The physio will then assess your movement, strength, balance etc. and then provide advice and exercises to help you to resolve your issue.
If you are carrying a bit of extra weight, you may well visit a personal trainer, who will check in on your nutrition and your exercise habits. You will learn about fat burning, muscle building, and good nutrition. The personal trainer can then create an exercise programme that you work through together to help you improve your physical health and stamina.
Why are these two approaches so successful in getting results? How have these approaches stood the test of time and provided a winning formula for getting the results you want?
The answer is that they revolve around education. They result in empowerment.
Nelson Mandela once said ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’
As you work with someone with specialised knowledge, you gain new learning, you experience new insights, you expand your mind, you create new synaptic brain connections, and you empower yourself to change your own world.
Leo Buscaglia stated ‘Change is the end result of all true learning.’
So what about your mind? What about your mental health?
Have you ever paused to think that during your many years at school, you learnt about things like the Battle of Hastings, photosynthesis and how to ask where the train station is in French, but no-one has ever taught you how your mind works.
Isn’t it just astounding that each of us grows up and yet we don’t get any help or advice on how to run this extraordinary piece of equipment you have, your own mind. Think about it…
NO-ONE has ever taught you how language impacts on your experience of reality.
NO-ONE has ever taught you how to communicate effectively.
NO-ONE has ever taught you about how your mind stores information after emotional or traumatic events, and how these can run your life until you deal with them
NO-ONE has ever taught you how to create your own strategies to empower your own mental wellbeing to keep you in good mental health.
Is it any surprise there are so many people struggling?
How do you think driving would go if you never had an instructor? Most people wouldn’t even dream of driving without someone showing them how it works and helping them to become skilled and safe.
Yet most of us are walking around 16 to 18 hours a day with a brain and body science is only just beginning to figure out and no-one has ever taught us how to use our minds to promote mental wellbeing.
This is what needs to change.
To contribute towards this I’m beginning a mental fitness programme. How to not just survive, but to thrive.
This is a 6 session programme that aims to help you learn more about how your mind works. How you work. How you can get back in control again and stay there.
Each session will give you the tools you need to become more confident, gain more clarity of thought, and empower you to get in control of how you think and feel.
At the end of this programme I can guarantee that you that you will have more awareness, more control of your thoughts and feelings, and you will have the tools to last you a life time.
Over the next week I’ll be giving you a sneak peak at each of the sessions to show you how you can improve your mental fitness.
If education is what is needed to change the world, I can help you to learn how to change your world.
Find out about my mental fitness programme week 1; the map.
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