Early in my career, a boss of mine described our brain as a train. It is an analogy that has stuck with me even 15 years later.
Just for a second, think of a train. It runs on coal. When the coal runs out, the train stops. There is only so much that fits on each bin on the train. If there is too much on the train and it leans one way, it will can derail. A single train can hold all different types of freight.
Now as you sit reading this, imagine a train going round and round in your head. As it goes past your eyes, you see things on the train. Oh hey…there is your grocery list…and a few cars down is that one thing you have no control over but cannot help but spend time worrying about. Oh and look…there is that one thing you keep forgetting to do for work, your spouse or child and you beg the train to speed up so you don’t have to look at that too long and feel bad about forgetting it.
Without the “coal” needed to keep your brain running smoothly, you can derail and lose all of those important things you have on it. Whatever your “coal” is, make sure you get enough of it, OK? My “coal” is time for reflection. During this time, I let the train go round the track once. During this time, I put to paper those things I keep forgetting to do and then guess what I do…I TAKE CARE OF THEM. I also take the time to look at those things I have no control over and those things that do not really matter. I tag those items as things that can get off at the next train stop. If a certain car feels loop sided, I take the time to rearrange it a little bit better.
Our brains are a VERY important part of our makeup. We make decisions DAILY on how we are going to live our lives. It is where we keep everything we have learned. If this is not operating efficiently, how can we expect it to keep learning and making decision that will direct us where we really want to be.
Be good to your brain train, you will not regret it.