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“No, you’re not getting a cookie! Be quiet and leave me alone now! You know what cookies taste like, and you’ve had plenty of them in this lifetime! Enough is enough—you don’t get to have a say anymore!”

This might sound like a mean mom talking to her petulant child, but this is the type of dialogue I have with my mind on a regular basis.

In his book, “The Power of Now,” Eckhart Tolle writes, “Many people live with a tormentor in their head that continuously attacks and punishes them and drains them of vital energy. It is the cause of untold misery and unhappiness.”

I vow every day to control the tormentor in my head.

At the end of last year, for example, I was struggling with my weight, and I realized that the main problem was that I kept giving in to every demand my mind was making.

“Eat cookies.”

“Eat popcorn.”

“Eat whatever you want.”

“Don’t exercise.”

Something needed to change—and it needed to change fast!

So I created a practice of not giving my mind an inch.

The moment a dark thought or unhealthy desire creeps in, I smash it by telling the tormentor who’s the boss.

In other words, I invoke my Inner Drill Sergeant.

I talk to my mind—the mind I must rebel against—as if it’s my mind’s first day in the army, and I’m the toughest and meanest drill sergeant around.

I don’t allow my mind to have a say in anything.

What’s so amazing about this process is that it works immediately—and YOU can begin doing it right NOW.

Developing greater control of your mind is THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT STEP toward living a more abundant and fulfilling life.

It’s all about mindset.

Rebel Rule #5 is “I am untouched and unfazed.”

This means I commit to being untouched and unfazed by internal and external influences.

External influences include the news, the ways of the world, negativity on social media, traffic, crowds, and anything else that adversely affects my consciousness and causes me to get stuck in my head.

Internal influences are the lies and the excuses I tell myself that keep me from taking action as well as the stories I believe that don’t serve but rather sabotage my higher purpose.

Invoking my Inner Drill Sergeant whenever it’s necessary allows me to remain untouched and unfazed and ultimately stay in charge of my mind.

And when I’m in charge of my mind, I’m in charge of my life.