Garbage Can With a Hairy Lid?

I was a young lad attending a motivational rally, and the speaker had us repeat this phrase: “My brain is not a garbage can with a hairy lid!”

The point: don't let your brain be filled with poisonous thoughts. I've tried to live by that maxim since then.

Jeff Walker – a friend, mentor and client of mine – wrote an excellent piece on this yesterday, called “Injecting Poison Into Your Brain”.

There is plenty of “garbage” available to put into your head. TV shows, newspapers, radio talk shows, and sensationalist blogs abound, all playing on the general fascination with bad news.

I stopped watching most TV shows, and stopped reading newspapers, for this very reason, quite some time ago.

Why put things into your head that disempower you?

Why not consciously choose what goes into your mind, and choose it for strategic reasons?

In the words of one influential writer, the Apostle Paul, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

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And read Jeff Walker's article; it's good stuff, and worth reading, especially for Internet Entrepreneurs.

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at

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  • Bryce

    Working hard on this. I gave up the newspapers (what’s left of them) and TV a few years ago. Now I’m trying to steer clear of the negative people in my life and to take captive every thought.

    Love that verse from Paul in Phillipians. Thanks for sharing.

    • You’re welcome Bryce – yes, it’s a “work in progress” for me too. But it’s worth the rewards.

  • Ray thanks for this. Great reminder for me today. Even though I don’t watch or listen to the news, which I think is the single largest source of doubt and fear in society, it’s STILL easy for bad/negative thoughts to creep in if you’re don’t “watch and pray.” Doubt and fear are really nothing to worry about if we consciously chose faith and trust.

    • For sure – we need to guard our hearts and minds.

      Always good to hear from you Seth!


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  • Randy

    Ray, I really appreciate your thoughts. I know that this world isn’t perfect, but to me, it makes absolutely no sense to focus on the bad and nasty things that are happening. If that is what we focus on, we will just attract more of that, or at least that has been my experience.

    • It’s been my experience too!

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  • Mary Proctor

    Hi Ray,

    Thanks to Jeff and you for speaking out against this creeping crud that’s deadlier to our society than cancer. Cancer may kill the body, but this perversion kills the soul. Not just of the individual, but the nation as well. But the good news is: God’s BIGGER than all the insidious ploys of the devil, and He answers the prayers of the saints who cry out for revival. YAY!

    • Mary you point to what I believe is the very root of the problem. Thanks!

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