What you input creates your output
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP: www.aap.org) confirmed that a child’s input reflects his or her output. Social teachers can be video games, social media, music, and the friends they keep. Exposure to media violence through television, movies, music, and video games can contribute to a variety of physical and mental health problems for children and adolescents, including desensitization to violence and aggressive behavior, nightmares, fear, and depression.
Why am I telling you all this?
Simply because what you allow as input is contributing to your output, results, and fulfillment in life.
Your environment (inputs) are creating your output (life). From the people who raised us from birth – in most cases, our parents to other family members, all our peers while growing up, as well as teachers, pastors, media, and athletic coaches.
We all grew up with social environments that were either encouraging or discouraging us. Some of your dreams were crushed long ago by ignorant family and friends who themselves were suffering from a lack of purpose or development.
Even today, your values are being shaped and influenced by the input you are allowing into your space and mind. Are you ready to take a brutally honest look at what you’re allowing to influence you?
Whom are you allowing as input or social teachers for yourself and/or your family?
- What kind of books or magazines did you buy—if any—last month? Are they positive and educational, or frivolous, like People magazine and the National Enquirer?
- If I looked at your library, what would I find?
- What podcasts are on your phone or computer (that you listen to)?
- What about other media—TV, music, DVDs, movies? What is the content? How much time did you spend in each of those types of media? (On average, North Americans watch more than five hours of TV or online media a day. That’s a lot of input.)
- If you have children, what input are you allowing them to absorb?
What about family and friends? Can you educate them on the impact of the input they are allowing into their lives?
Is your input helping you realize your purpose or not?
I personally listen to about 30-60 minutes of uplifting podcasts and read about 30 minutes of new research and professional development content nearly every day. This does not happen by accident! I have built it into my life plan. What about you?
Think long and hard about the input you allow into your life. Make sure it is positive, because the voices we listen to and the media we consume will spilling out of us, affecting every part of our lives.
Let’s make sure your input choices are setting you up for success!
This article is an excerpt from the book, The Quest For Purpose