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I chose this stock photo as it represents well the spirit of health, knowledge and wholesomeness

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Stephen Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, notes that the human brain is distinct in four ways from that of animals. Humans have 4 mental powers that animals do not have: 1) the power of self-awareness -- to look as an observer of yourself in a particular situation, and of your feelings and decide how you will react; 2) the power of imagination -- the ability to create in our minds a vision beyond our present reality; 3) the power of conscience -- the sense of what would be a right or wrong action based upon the values we have adapted; and, lastly, the power of an independent will --the ability to choose how we react to a stimuli. Unlike animals humans have all these powers to varying degrees. This difference between a human and an animal allows mankind to be proactive, i.e. take responsibility (be response able) for one’s actions regardless of whether we have been previously conditioned to act unconsciously in other ways. Whereas the happiness of reactive people can be affected by their physical environment, proactive people can choose to be happy independent of the environment. Whereas reactive people are driven by feelings, by circumstances, by conditions, and by their environment, proactive people, (although influenced by such stimuli) will usually respond by a choice based upon personal values. The question is what are the steps we will take so that our actions will be more proactive, instead of reactive like a mouse? See my Suggestions below.

Steps to improve the power of self-awareness:
1. Know that your past, your thoughts and your feelings do not define your potential.
2. Take time to determine your priorities and goals.
3. Observe (without judgement) your thoughts, your feelings and the current situation.
4. Ask yourself if your understanding of the situation is valid or based on prior biases.
5. Ask yourself how a more conscious person might consider the current situation or whether more knowledge of the situation is needed to determine the best action.
6. Spend more time focused on your actions in the present moment than on the past or future.
7. Take time to determine whether your actions are in line with your priorities.

Steps to improve the power of imagination
1. Start with a positive end result in mind.
2. Practice creating a story having a positive result based upon random occurrences and objects.
3. Read up on matter upon which you set your priorities.
4. When a new idea is learned, e.g. from books and other media, try to imagine all the possible benefits and disadvantages of the new idea with respect to your priorities.
5. Visualized yourself in various possible future settings based on achieved goals.

Steps to improve the power of conscience
1. Read stories of virtuous people you admire, historic (e.g. Jesus) or current.
2. Make a list of virtues you would like to be remembered for.
3. Make a list of actions you want to avoid and commit to actions that would replace them.
4. Practice what you believe in.

Steps to improve the power of an independent will
1. Know that others can disagree with your idea of what is virtuous, do what you feel is right anyway.
2. Do not complete for the affection of others if it requires actions contrary to your beliefs
3. Always act according to your instincts and have no regrets if it doesn’t work out.
4. Make gradual changes. Although one highly motivated can make quick progress, it is more important to obtain good habits that will last a lifetime by creating a well thought out lifestyle habits one step at a time as by reducing sugary foods, decreasing the size of portions, or exercising for 10 minutes a day at first then increasing the quality of your nutrition, or time of exercising on specific days, once the initial habits are formed.
5. Share your journey with others. This not only helps them, it forces you to reflect on your life and in return grow in knowledge and ability to use your free will. As you write out your thoughts and study them, and as you receive a response from others your mental powers will grow.

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Member Since: 5/15/2013

Fitness Minutes: 8,541

My Goals:
Help my children and their families grow,
Keep in touch with my brothers, sister and their families.
Be a mentor to others including family members.
Keep fit physically and mentally.

My Program:
Spend at least 600 minutes a month exercising.
Eat wholesome foods in proper proportions
Spend at least 30 minutes weekly keeping a journal.
Set time on my calendar to achieve my goals

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Currently live in Spotsylvania, Virginia
Grew up in Washington, DC and attended George Washington University
Retired US Patent examiner
Have 1 sister, 3 brothers, 4 daughters, 9 grandchildren, and 2 great grandsons

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My wife and I attend an Episcopal Church although I consider myself a humanist

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