I long to accomplish a great and noble task,

but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble,

Helen Keller

 

I am an introvert. There, I said it. Introverts often get a bad rap, but it’s not exactly what most people imagine. They picture someone hiding from all people in a dingy, dusty room, unkempt and depressed as all heck.

No! That’s not what an introvert is. Did you know a great number of VERY successful people are introverts? Bill Gates, J.K. Rowling, and Albert Einstein are just a few examples. They have all made significant contributions to their respective fields while embracing their introverted nature.

So many people believe being an introvert means you’re not sociable. I’m here to tell you it’s not true. Yes, I am an introvert and I do require space to recharge. My work as an addiction psychologist and clinical psychotherapist requires me to be on totally one-on-one for an hour, seeing 10 patients a day. That’s a lot of “on” time. I love my work, but I’m pretty spent by the time I get home at 9:15 at night.

I think that’s why I turn to writing, cycling, walking, meditating, dancing like a goof in the morning, and doing my priming, which is part of my meditation. It’s important to unplug.

Priming, as explained by Tony Robbins, is a powerful technique used to shift your mental and emotional state to one that is more positive and productive. It’s essentially conditioning that prepares your mind and body for the day ahead, helping you to start your day with intention and focus.

Here’s how Tony Robbins describes and practices Priming:

  1. Breathing Exercise: The process begins with a series of quick, intense breathing exercises to increase oxygen flow and energy. Typically, Robbins uses a specific pattern involving rapid inhales and exhales, usually done while sitting.
  2. Gratitude Exercise: The next step is to focus on gratitude. Robbins encourages people to think of three things they are truly grateful for, immersing themselves in the feeling of gratitude. This helps to shift your focus away from what’s lacking or stressful in your life to what’s positive and abundant.
  3. Visualization: After grounding yourself in gratitude, you move on to visualize success and positive outcomes. You imagine three goals or outcomes you want to achieve as if they have already been accomplished, feeling the emotions associated with these successes.
  4. Prayer and Blessing: The final step often involves a form of prayer or sending positive energy. Robbins suggests visualizing energy flowing through your body, healing and strengthening you, and then sending out this energy to others—your loved ones, colleagues, or even the world.

Priming, according to Tony Robbins, helps you to start your day with a clear, positive mindset, creating a ripple effect that influences your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors throughout the day. It’s about setting yourself up for success by taking control of your mental and emotional state from the get-go.

This daily ritual is designed to help you remain centered, focused, and in a peak state of performance, allowing you to handle whatever the day throws at you with resilience and positivity.

When I wrote my book, Release Your Obsession with Your Phone: Heal from the Inside Out, I explained we are too charged all the time. Kids don’t know how to get off their screens, whether it’s on the computer or on their phone. It’s not healthy to be tuned in and plugged in all the time. It’s not good for our eyes. It’s not good for our spiritual centeredness. It’s not good for our confidence.

Phone obsession depletes us of our time and our authentic self. We’re too busy thinking we need to be like so-and-so who has blah blah blah.

NO! You don’t want to be like so-and-so; you want to be YOU! Yes; you are exactly as you are. Remember, we are all a work in progress.

Okay, you ask, I thought this was about being an introvert. Yes, and often introverts or people, in general, spend way too much time on their devices rather than engaging in real interactions. I’m a fan of relaxing and unplugging, but not by jumping onto our screens. I need alone time to recharge, but it’s off the screen.

One way you can unplug is by earthing. You might say, “Wow, you’re talking about that again.” Yes, that’s how I center myself. I need the outside to regenerate my energy. Sometimes it’s simply walking in the grass without my shoes. Sometimes it’s swimming in the pool. Or it could be going for a walk or a bike ride.

In fact, I’m actually writing, or should I say dictating, this blog while I’m cycling. It’s early evening. The sun has gone down. I have water on all sides—one being the ocean, the other the intercostal—and I am totally in it. I needed some quiet space. I attended a long Zoom group today and worked on two areas of personal business growth. One is learning how to use Substack, and the other is a book I’m writing on how to release guilt.

You might ask, why would I use Substack when I blog? Well, it’s my understanding that it is the most personal connection I can have with other writers and influencers. I love to read and I love my work to be read. What better place to be?

The third thing I did today in my learning space was attend a fabulous two-hour presentation. And I learned a lot.

So, yes, I’m an introvert—but sometimes I can be a bit of an extrovert or perhaps a combination of the two. But my strong point is to be unplugged. I need that.

So, as I’m pedaling along my last 20 minutes of this wonderful bike ride, I ask you, are you an introvert or an extrovert? How do you know? And does it matter in how you live your life?

I write all my works on obsessions, whether it’s obsession with your phone, money, aging, weight, diet chatter in your head, or guilt—so many obsessions. And as an introvert, I’m able to quietly study other people who are obsessed with something from the sidelines. So my question is, what are you obsessed with?

Please share your thoughts—you are in good company. Simply scroll to the comments box below. I’d love to hear from you, what you have to say is important.

Thank you for being a part of the reading blog forum and spending time with me and my thoughts throughout these pages. I hope my words lit your excitement to become your best self for you. I look forward to sharing my newest book with you on how to release your obsession with your Phone. God bless you… and your journey through this life and all that awaits beyond…

To learn more about recovery from food addiction, eating disorders, weight issues, dieting, aging,  money, and your phone, please check out my Release Your Obsession Series.

Stay tuned… you never know where my mind will wander…

Hugs to you, I care!
Dr. Lisa

The newest release: Release Your Obsession with Your Phone

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