There are three main factors which you can control that affect your ability to perform any task. These directly correspond to the length and quality of your life in this world. The healthier you are (mind, body and soul), the longer you will live, the better you will perform, and the more fulfillment and recognition you will achieve – it is simple math.
The three biggest factors affecting your health (which are in your control) are:
- Stress – stress, although not always as real as it is perceived, has been proven to cause cancer and other diseases. If you are out of sync with your surroundings, your job, your spouse, and/or your core beliefs, you are under stress.
- Environment – if your surroundings are polluted with noise, poison, the wrong kind of water, you will not be “all that you can be.”
- Your diet – these things are actually all related, because your environment can affect you diet and you stress level – if you eat processed, stored, preserved, packed, enhanced, altered, fast, over-cooked or low quality food, you will be unhealthy, obese, stressed out, and diseased; and from a business point of view, less productive, more expensive, and shorter-lived.
In business, in sales, as in life; when you are not achieving the desired results, it is a very good idea to re-evaluate, and to change accordingly. Since all change is bad until and unless you get used to it, change causes stress. With all the recent (and accelerating) changes in technology, lifestyles, politics, religion and life in general, many of us can feel like what I call a “displaced person”, IE: somebody whose life and/or business has changed so much and/or so rapidly and/or so unexpectedly as to feel bewildered; even lost and confused.
Likewise, changes in technology, lifestyles, politics, and culture can make or break a business, or even a person, overnight, and unexpectedly.
The ability to predict deal with such volatility and adjust quickly is the most important factor for survival success in this quickly changing world.
When you add the effects (and stress) associated with such rapid adjustments, you will understand why so many people, in spite of our ever-improving understanding of health and disease, and despite our advancing technology, are working themselves into a stressed-out and early grave.
These factors can make making decisions, and planning such adjustments, while still keeping up with the status quo, seem like a monumental and overwhelming challenge.
Enter the new lifestyle: sustainable, stress free, tribal-sized communities are in order here – where people live and work in the same place, remotely, without the need to live in the middle of the city, or to commute physically at all.
When facing a proverbial mountain of challenges to deal with, with a tea-spoon of resources, the first step is to begin. One spoon-full at a time, steady and on target, planning and determination are keys to success in changing times.
As much as many of us would like it, history cannot be reversed, however, consider for a moment how much more environmentally sound and physically, mentally, and spiritually sound a change in lifestyle could be. That is now possible, with the aid of Internet technology and the more- level playing field it creates.
At times like these, it is actually critical to step back and take a moment to look at things from a distance, and to gain the perspective.
One way to do this is to be still. When you are constantly in motion and under pressure, you do not make good decisions, if you can think at all.
I want to challenge you today to stop spiraling down into a diseased and stressed out early death, and to make some decisions to change, to adapt. Here are decisions that I have made, as an example of what I am talking about, and exactly what I am suggesting that you should do:
Ten good decisions that have changed my life:
1. I take a few minutes each day to reflect, and to challenge the directions of my life, to make sure that I am on course toward my goals. While goal setting is important, it does no good if you do not stay on track. Constant introspection and accountability to a plan are needed..
2. I have decided to eliminate anything that impairs my ability to perform; that includes all but the smallest amounts alcohol. Drugs and alcohol impair performance, cause emotional ups and down that I do not need, and cost way more than they are worth in many ways. If you focus on addictions, and subsequent fixes, you will never be still, and you will procrastinate important decisions. You will not hear that still small voice inside of you if you are loud (ouch) inebriated, or needy.
2. I have learned the hard way that allowing people to drain my time, attention, and energy is to be avoided. I do not have time to hold anybody’s hand. They must, as Lee Iacocca would say: “Lead, follow, or get out of the way!”
3. The older I get, the more minimalist I become:. In this competitive marketplace, the best way to compete is to be able to offer a competitive product or service for less, and still make a profit. In lean times, the less that you need, the better.
4. I maintain my health with a regular exercise regimen, allowing me to save money by doing many physical tasks myself without fear of injury or medical bills. I believe that a need for medical treatment, like a need for a government check, is a bondage of a sort which I seek to avoid.
5. Whenever possible I eat wholesome, basic, healthy foods, raw food, and food that is cooked at home from scratch. I want to know what I am eating, I find cooking relaxing and fulfilling, and raw meats and vegetables are inexpensive and nutritious.
6. I have moved my myself, and my business to the number one place on the list of best places to live and work from home according to Yelp, Antonito, CO. Being driving distance from any major city in the US means that I need not fly (which stresses me out just from the lines and hassle). When I need to be anywhere in person (rarely), I can be, economically and without stress. Do we really need to fly, drive, and have the financial, environmental, and stressful overhead we once did to live well? I think not.
7. I have moved to a clean environment at 7888 feet elevation. Many people who live long lives (in excess of 120 years) live simply (no stress) and at high elevation (in a clean environment). Some would even tell you that this particular place is the “New Jerusalem”, the “Plateau of Judgement” from the book of “Revelations.”
9. I do what I love for a living – more and more I remodel my own job description so that most of what I do is what I love to do, and what I have a passion for – indeed my whole business plan is built around this premise: that doing what you love makes you happier, healthier, more productive, and a lot nicer to be around.
10. I am reducing stress – the more grounded and connected spiritually I become, the more effective, calm, and powerful my presentations. Have you ever met somebody with an angelic presence? You wanted to be with them didn’t you? If you are in touch with your own spirit, your own soul, and a knowledge and purpose for why you (and all of us) are here, you will spend less time digressing and worrying, and you will have more time working and playing at what you love, making you happier and healthier.
Lets change the world, shall we?
By changing our lifestyles, we can solve anything. Think about that, will you? Spread the word by liking and sharing this post. Lets change our world, one idea who’s time has come, one individual who becomes calm, and grounded, and passionate, and productive at a time, shall we? Lets get healthy, by being healthy, it is really that simple.
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