This is pretty straightforward but many people fail to be too conscious of exactly what is going in their minds. Books, music, movies and art all have profound effects on our mind. They change the very chemistry by inducing emotions. It is why you must choose what is allowed to go into your mind. You must be the gatekeeper. You must control what goes in least the product is allowed to run amok.
In choosing materials for growth, you must ask yourself a few questions. This is what I ask myself when I buy a book, CD, or movie:
Does this resonate positive emotions or negative ones?
Is the person that created this a person I would like to know in real life?
Does this product fit into my life plan, my goals, my idea for what I want my future to look like?
Will this product engage me, make me learn, make me open my mind to new ideas?
The reality is that everything you consume, every conversation you have, every image your brain sees effects your future. Often I wondered when I was young why certain people seemed to ignore me when I spoke of something negative or in a cynical tone. The answer I know now – they were filtering their reality. They were keeping their mind, the world around them, exactly how they wanted it. Think of it as pruning the roses.
You are the only person that can allow something in your mind.
So let it be the stuff you ACTUALLY WANT in your mind.