The Little Voice

You’re just about to do something and you hear it. The little voice in your head. It either encourages you or discourages you. More times than not it is not encouraging you. The dialogue is usually negative, saying things like, “This is stupid” or “You know it won’t work out.” It is this little voice that prevents us from doing so many things we yearn to do.

This little voice in our head is the biggest obstacle from our strongest desires. In order to be able to control your actions, you must control this little voice. Or better yet, turn it towards a positive little voice, reversing the typically negative little voice we all play slaves to. The human brain is a wonderful master but a poor servant. The ones who succeed in this life become the master of the three pound piece of tissue that resides between their ears. They are the master of it, determining what direction they seek to travel next.

To be normal is to be average. To be normal is to be a slave to the little voice in your head. To be extraordinary is to be in control of all thoughts produced. Sure, there will be doubt. The difference being that this doubt is quickly removed from any consideration. The space left void is to then be filled with feelings of confidence, fulfillment and joy.

Imagine if you could turn the little voice into your biggest cheerleader. Think of all that you could accomplish. How different would your life look like? What new trails would you blaze? What could you cross off your to-do list?

 

Audio Books

Are you one of those people that gives the shallow, over used answer of “I don’t have time” when asked if you read? Well, I have a solution- audio books. Get all the benefit from reading a book without having to actually read the book!

A typical audio book takes anywhere from six to eight hours to listen in full. That means if you dedicate one hour a day to listen to a book, you could read roughly one book a week, or roughly fifty two books a year. That much reading (or listening) can change your world. This is a wonderful opportunity you have to learn and expand your knowledge base while completing an everyday task such as commuting to work.

With apps such as Audible, you can get any title in audio form to begin listening. If you read my earlier post about your library card, you know I love the library and all it has to offer everyone. Your library likely has a subscription service to Hoopla or OverDrive. All you need is a library card to gain access to hundreds of titles, e books and even music. These apps allow you to “check-out” audio books and more, most for FREE. I have been able to find many titles for free.

If you like listening to music or the radio on your commute to work and other places, I understand. One of the best investments I made was purchasing a wireless, bluetooth Marshall speaker. At the time, I got it for the obvious reason to listen to music. After getting into audio books (and podcasts), I began to use it more and more to listen to these options. There is nothing like laying down, closing my eyes and putting on the latest fictional thriller I’m listening to- it transforms you right to the scene and allows you to visualize the characters and the story even better. The sound quality from the speaker is incredible, I highly recommend it.

Look at your time as an opportunity to maximize every minute. Driving to work or unwinding at the end of the day with an audio book is my recommendation to get started. Happy listening.

 

We don’t just have fear of missing out, we have dread of slacking off. It’s telling that so many of us push to the edge of our endurance in order to feel good about ourselves. We’ve equated recreational difficulty and social-media posts of summits with self-worth, and that’s a precarious and unsustainable place to be.

-Florence Williams, Outside Magazine 

Easy Sweet Potato Fries

This is a go-to staple for me. Sweet potatoes are a great, natural carb source to replenish glycogen stores after a workout or from following keto principles during the day. Simple and easy, just the way I like it.

Ingredients

  • 1 large Sweet Potato or Yam
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350
  • Peel and cut sweet potato into thin, finger length fries
  • Place into glass baking dish
  • Generously coat fries in olive oil
  • Sprinkle salt throughout
  • Mix with spoon to evenly coat fires in olive oil and salt
  • Cook for 35-40 minutes
  • When finished cooking, sprinkle turmeric all over
  • Enjoy!

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