The more time I stop to think about life as a whole, the more I realize that life is a mental game. If we can conquer our minds to help control our emotions, impulses, thoughts, and all the other things that might get in our way, life would be a lot easier. The same way that people know the rules to their favorite games and still lose, knowing this doesn’t necessarily make life any easier.
As I was daydreaming the other day, I contemplated a new way of “training” the mind. I get far out ideas a lot of the time, but that doesn’t mean they are always good, so bear with me. It seems as if meditating and calming the mind can help when things are quiet, but can cause some to overreact when faced with noise. What if we did the opposite? What if we trained our mind with noise, pressure, stress, and difficult things? We could use a controlled training, unlike life’s daily struggles. Then, when faced with difficult obstacles, they would pale in comparison to the training we’ve put ourselves through.
It might not be a horrible idea. Or it might be. There are actually probably plenty of people who are doing that exact thing daily. I’d be interested to know how it works.
The point here was a reminder that life is a mental game. If you believe and say you cannot do something, you likely won’t be able to. When you look at a tremendous mountain and say “I’ve got this”, your odds of conquering increase greatly. If you can quiet your mind, breathe deeply, take a step back, and be logical when in pain, you can help make the pain better.
Emotions are tougher to control. Something happens and it is easy to feel happy, sad, angry, or whatever emotion might be invoked. When you think about your off the cuff reaction, you might later decide it was an overreaction. If you are able to step back and be mindful, you might just chuckle and continue on.
Athletes know the rules to their games, but still lose sometimes. This common sense approach to life isn’t going to make life easier, necessarily.
The good news is, with the mental game, you normally only have to beat yourself.
Exercise your mind. Think logically. Use the power of your brain and mental capacity to win the game.