Our immediate environment influences us more than we think.
You might have noticed, when hungry, we take the first thing we find in our kitchen.
And depending on whether we find a fruit or a pack of nachos, determines what we may end up eating.
It may not seem like much, what is 200 extra calories for a day right? But this effect adds over time, and can make us go from being fit to becoming unhealthy.
This is true in the context of all activities, on entering our rooms, do we first see the TV or the books? That may influence how we spend our leisure time.
Which apps occupy our phones? Are they filled with social media and the news applications, which gives us an information overload? or are they filled with the minimal essentials?
There are various studies done where the test subjects make healthier choices when they have healthy options in their environment.
I have reduced the use of social media (which was a huge requirement) once I removed some of the apps, and use them mostly on PC (PCs are comparatively less accessible).
The influence of the environment is at a subconscious level, which is why its a little tricky and not always obvious.
Our will power is not strong enough (unless you have intentionally practiced it). We need to make changes to our environment to remove the strong stimulus that might influence us.
Some of the small and effective changes we all can make:
- Have posters/post it note to remind us of the activity we had kept pending.
- Reducing the applications on the phone to have more essentials and remove the clutter.
- Have fruits/ healthy snacks as the first things you would see on the kitchen counter.
- Have some good books ready to be read.
- Have the gym bag ready the night before.
- Have a limited supply (or remove completely) of alcohol or fast food if you tend to over-indulge.
- Remove some social media apps if their usage becomes overwhelming (maybe use only some, and not all the apps).
- Clean the house and sort some of the mess.
- Don’t bring phones/tech when having meetings with friends or colleagues, as it devalues the human connection. (Its easier said than done, but something important to keep in mind.)
These environmental cues affect us more than we can imagine, and we can get a control over the narrative by making deliberate changes.
We can consciously influence our sub-conscious to help us grow.
This concept of influence of the environment goes beyond our personal space to family cultures and corporate cultures.
Simon Sinek in his various talks have talked about this in detail about how leaders of an organization should have an environment of growth and positive culture which will lead to better performance at jobs by the new recruits. He says that you do not hire passionate people, you have a culture that promotes growth and helps overcome shortcomings and mistakes to make the employees love their jobs and in turn become passionate.
Making small changes in our environment over time, assists us and helps remind us of our growth and the tasks that can help us reach our potential.
A Student of life.
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