Defeating Your Inner Zombie


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Zombies are all the rage it seems. What makes a zombie a zombie? Zombies have no self-awareness. They are driven only by unconscious, instinctual behavior. They are on autopilot, oblivious to their surroundings. They are non-thinking beings, curious about nothing. Zombies do not think about their actions, the thoughts they’re thinking or the decisions they make. Zombies live in a world of negativity.

In my research, I’ve met a lot of zombies. Their lives are a mess. They struggle financially and wallow in poverty. Their zombie kids do the same, growing up to become adults who struggle financially.

To some extent, we all have a little bit of zombie inside us. We do things without much thought. We have habits, behavior and thinking that we’re not even conscious of.

How do you know you’ve got a little bit of zombie in you? Your life is dull. Your work bores you. Every day seems exactly like the day before. You’re tired all the time. You have no energy to do anything creative. You drink too much. You watch too much TV. You spend too much time on Facebook or the Internet. You eke out a living and struggle financially. You have excessive credit card debt. Your relationships are all on life support. You hang out with others who have zombies inside them. You are angry and frustrated with your life.

How do you shut down your inner zombie? Self-awareness is one way to shut it down. You must become aware of the habits, thinking, behaviors and emotions that are dragging you down in life. Only after you become aware, do you have a shot at removing your inner zombie. One by one, you then attack each zombie habit, zombie thought, zombie behavior and zombie emotion. Baby steps is the key. Make one change a month for a year. After a year your inner zombie will begin to disappear. Your life will become better. Your mindset will shift from negative to positive and you will become happier about life. Your mind will burst with creative ideas. You will begin to grow and expand as an individual.

Another way to defeat your inner zombie is to find something that you are passionate about and pursue it. Build a side business around anything that excites you, that stirs your emotions and inspires you. Still, another way, is to pick up some new skills. Do something that is outside your comfort zone and enables you to grow. Paint, write a book, create an app, start a blog, etc. When we engage in creative pursuits we cease being zombies.

Those who struggle in life are doing unconscious things that are undermining their lives. They do not challenge themselves or push themselves outside their comfort zones. they get stuck in routines that are not helping them grow as human beings. If you want to defeat your inner zombie start tracking your daily habits, thinking and emotions. Pursue something novel and creative. Zombies don’t succeed in life. Take steps today to defeat your inner zombie.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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  1. I love this! Even though I don’t think I am a zombie all the time, we all have those stretches were our inner zombie comes out and takes over. I agree that the key is being aware that we have slipped into this mindset so we can turn to things to help pull ourselves out.

  2. Truer words have never been spoken! I’ve never thought of using the word “zombie” to describe that lack of awareness, but it makes perfect sense.


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