3 Daily Disciplines to Build Mental Wealth

Adam Bowcutt
6 min readSep 25, 2020

Mental wealth is a strong combination of growth mindset, mental fortitude and abundance mentality. Applying knowledge gleaned from action, awareness and focus, brings greater skill. Discipline is the bridge helping close the gap between your specific goal and its attainment. Mental wealth, with respect to work and life, affords a solid foundation from which we can build an intelligent future. Understanding that 95% of our recurring thoughts are subconscious and 5% are conscious it’s important to pause and think deeply about the source of your current behaviours and present situation.

“Rule your mind or it will rule you.” — Horace

3 Daily Disciplines to Build Mental Wealth

1 Time Transitioning

Important because: applying time-transitioning strategies to your day makes sure you are most effectively spending your finite time. Mindlessly shifting from one perceived priority to the next detrimentally affects intelligent productivity because it depletes vital energy and mental resources, and it’s avoidable. A study by Carnegie Mellon University psychologist Eyal Peer and Information Technology professor Alessandro Acquisti measured brain power lost due to expected phone call or email interruptions. They discovered that test subjects ‘marshaled extra brain power to steel themselves against interruption, or perhaps the potential for interruptions served as a kind of deadline that helped them focus even better.’ [1] Mental agility improves because practicing disciplined time-transitioning skills enables your mind and body to adapt more efficiently to change. The way you adjust to change, with respect to your behaviours, will become more acute and you’ll grow richer in mental wealth. It’s worth noting that ‘a typical office worker gets only 11 minutes between each interruption, while it takes an average of 25 minutes to return to the original task after an interruption’.[2] This highlights the significant impact of disruption to our workdays.

Solution: Schedule your highest priorities with daily built-in time-transitions.*

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Adam Bowcutt

Mental Health Author | I am Adam Bowcutt and I am rewriting mental wealth