I often say our subconscious is a powerful, problem-solving ally.
Last night mine (let’s call him SC) gave us this blog post.
I’ll be interested to see if you prefer his writing to mine.
Stumped for a good topic, I was awake and worried at 5 am.
I asked SC if he’d help.
He didn’t answer directly (he never does) but he immediately put me to sleep.
Mind the Gap
SC then noted that while we always bang on about how a business is nothing without its people, we rarely note that people are nothing without their brains.
Given this, he was amazed at how poorly I treat mine.
He next dictated this subheader:
Bossing Our Brain
He observed that I boss my brain around dreadfully.
When I want to wake up in the morning, it’s three strong teas and a stronger coffee.
When I need to stay alert in the afternoon, it’s diet cola.
If this doesn’t work (or something’s going seriously wrong) I may even bang my head on my desk to clear the static.
When I’m keen to relax after a hard day, it’s beer or wine.
When I’m ready to sleep, it’s one of Fonnie’s herbal remedies.
If I still can’t sleep, or I wake at 2 am, it’s half a sleeping pill.
Not to mention the headache tablets, relaxants, antidepressants and myriad other medicines I’ve used over the decades.
I’ve read that cave people survived stresses far greater than conflicting deadlines (e.g. sabre-tooth tiger attacks) with no mental aids.
Their brains naturally contained every chemical needed to help them work, rest and play.
SC was surprised and annoyed I had no faith in what he considered our primary organ.
A Worker’s Tools
Models get manicures.
Crowd controllers tone their muscles.
Singers save their vocal chords with humidifiers.
As business owners, our brains are arguably our most important asset.
As a writer, mine’s indispensible.
So how do I care for this most precious tool?
- Meditation? Too much to think about.
- Exercise? Only if I’m in the mood.
- Healthy diet? When I don’t have work on. And I can be bothered shopping and cooking.
Not very impressive, to my mind.
Worse, because I live mostly ‘in my head’ I’ve not taken great care of my body either.
I’ve done detoxes. They’re hard, but they force you to face and fix bad habits.
And in the quest for something more interesting than beans, you discover fab foods you’ve never touched.
Soon I start 30 days off the grog.
Dry July and kindred events are showing a welcome shift in societal attitudes towards nicotine, alcohol and other poisons.
I can’t wait to report how abstinence affects my work.
What Do You Think?
Having dressed me down at length, SC rewarded my attention with a wonderful dream that my mother was still alive.
I awoke with a rare feeling of calm.
Then I rose and wrote what had happened.
Other people’s dreams are supposed to be very boring.
Yet mine may have value if you’re thinking of treating your brain better.
You’ve read this far, so I could be in luck.
I’ll be even luckier if you share your thoughts on better business via bright brains in buff bodies.
Paul Hassing, Founder & Senior Writer, The Feisty Empire