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 understands the difference between being rich and poor: at age nine, his family went from being multi-millionaires to broke in just one night, due to a catastrophic fire that destroyed his Dad's thriving business. For fourteen years they struggled with poverty. There were eleven in Tom's family, and they lived in constant fear of losing their home.

Driven by the desire to unlock the secrets to success and failure, Tom spent five years studying the daily activities of 233 rich people and 128 poor people. He discovered there was an immense difference between the habits of the rich and the poor. During his research he identified over 300 daily activities that separated the “haves” from the “have nots.” Tom decided to write a book to share what he learned. That book, Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals (1st Edition), went on to become an Amazon Bestseller in the United States forty times over a three year period. To give you some perspective, in order to be a true Amazon Bestseller in the United States, where you actually receive a specific Bestseller designation from Amazon, you need to be in the top 100 of all books sold by Amazon in the United States in a given day. Rich Habits did that for nearly thirty straight days, rising as high as #7, eclipsing such Bestselling authors such as Stephen Covey, Robert Kiyosaki and J.K. Rowlings. Imagine that - an unknown, first-time, self-published author selling more books than J.K. Rowlings!

Tom now travels the world, sharing his Rich Habits and motivating audiences at industry conferences, corporate events, universities, multi-level marketing group events, and global sales organizations’ presentations and finance conferences. He has even spoken on the same stage with famous entrepreneurs and personal development experts, such as Sir Richard Branson, Robin Sharma, Dr. Daniel Amen, and many others.

Tom has shared his insights on various national and international network, cable, and Internet television programs such as CBS Evening News, NBC News, Yahoo Financially Fit,, India TV, Australia, and a host of others. He has been interviewed on many prestigious nationally syndicated radio shows, including the Dave Ramsey Show, Marketplace Money, and WABC.

Tom has been featured in numerous print magazines—such as Money magazine, Inc. Magazine, SUCCESS Magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Fast Company magazine, More magazine, Epoca Magazine (Brazil’s largest weekly) and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine—and various online publications, including USA Today, CNN, MSN Money,,, and the Huffington Post. Tom is a frequent contributor to Business Insider,, and a few other media outlets.

National publicity has garnered international media attention for Tom and his Rich Habits research spanning 23 countries. Broadcast media, online publications, and television throughout Asia, the South Pacific, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Central and South America have shared his powerful message.

In an effort to help parents, grandparents, teachers and adults become success mentors to the younger generation, Tom released his second book, Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to be Happy and Successful in Life in 2014. This book was the self-help category winner of the 2015 New York Book Festival and Runner-up in the prestigious 2015 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Contest. In 2016 Tom released his third book, Change Your Habits, Change Your Life. This book provides the latest science on habit change as well as more of Tom's unique research on the specific habits that helped transform 177 ordinary individuals into self-made millionaires.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, and hold a master’s degree in taxation. As president of Cerefice and Company, CPAs, Tom heads one of the premier financial firms 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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