Do you feel like 500 things per day are competing for your attention? Are you feeling overwhelmed and pressure with social media?
Today, there’s never been more information available. The internet is an endless supply of information. You can learn about anything you like and become a true expert without ever leaving your home.
But, is that the best use of your time? Is the information you’re gathering useful to your life? Are you applying what you’re learning?
For our purposes, we’re defining mental obesity as the desire to acquire and the acquiring of more information than necessary to optimize your life.
We’ve become overburdened with information and lack the self-management skills to effectively apply that newfound knowledge.
Many of the challenges of life are simple to solve. For example, if you’re overweight, you’re eating more calories than your body requires. The solution is to eat less. It’s that simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. You don’t need to learn another diet on top of the 20 you already know.
You also don’t need to learn another exercise routine. If you would simply apply what you know, you’d lose weight and could move on to something else.
Learning is also challenging for your brain. It takes a lot of mental resources. Unless you’re learning something that’s useful to your life, it might be better to apply those resources, and your time, to something more relevant to your life.
Mental obesity is a trap that has its roots in the educational system. In school, if you were intelligent and knowledgeable, you were successful. It’s natural to assume that recipe for success would apply to adulthood, but it doesn’t.
Consider that most of the challenges in your life are easily solved, or easily avoidable by a few simple actions. Saving money, being healthy, becoming fit, losing weight, earning more money, having stronger relationships, keeping your house clean, and so on are simple to accomplish. The steps to make them happen just aren’t enjoyable.
Before learning something new, master yourself. Learn how to control yourself and get practice actually doing it. When you can consistently apply what you already know, then it’s time to learn more. You already know enough to be incredibly successful.
Written by Loretta Holmes, founder of Bella Coaching Services, world’s okayest cyclist, and world traveler. Join her private Facebook Support Group, Anxiety Loves Company with those that inspire! Craving Confidence? Download the Top 10 Anxiety Busters To Boost Your Self Confidence here.