Have you ever thought about the connection between happiness and good health? Most of us would probably agree that there is a connection, but many of us who feel unhappy don't want to take the time to build a foundation of good health. Good health can be the launching pad for great things. Think about when you are feeling under the weather. It is hard to stay on track and consistent with your goals when your body isn't up to the challenge. It is extremely important to make sure your body stays in great shape if you want to enjoy all that life has to offer.
Have you ever felt butterflies in your stomach before a big presentation? If you have, then you know that the stomach reacts to the brain. When a person continuously stimulates his mind and exercises his body, he will find himself better-equipped to handle any hurdles that arise. To exercise your mind each day, you could keep a journal, solve a puzzle, or listen to classical music. Most people know that exercising the body is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. There are many small activities that you can do every day to get your body moving.
Do you hold yourself to the standards of other people, wishing you could be better than them? Maybe this is motivating you, but it's a better idea is to compete against yourself. How about pushing yourself to eat healthier or walk longer after dinner each day? Set goals to "compete" against yourself. You select the end result that you want. Then, it is up to you—and only you—to work to achieve those goals. You'll be pushing yourself towards greatness, not creating unnecessary competition against others.
Personal improvement, whether it’s weight loss or fitness, is about creating or losing a habit. It shouldn't be thought of as a short-term event. People diet until they lose 20 pounds, and then stop the smart eating and exercise strategies that got them there. Once they reach their goal, they go back to the way they lived before and wonder why the weight comes back. For permanent change, habits need to stick around for the long run. With repetition and time, a single action will seem habitual. Once it becomes a habit, it becomes part of who you are, and the transformation is complete.
People are reaching new goals every day. You don’t have to be young to accomplish all of your dreams. Think that you are “past your prime?” Think again. Always wanted to run a marathon? Start training today. Always dreamed of owning your own company? Start small with the resources you have, and work for it. Reaching goals is a series of progressive acts. It might take days, it might take weeks, and it might even take years. But with the right attitude and a little bit of ambition, you can achieve all you dream!
How often do you remember the people that have made things possible for you? It is easy to take our privileges for granted. Over the next couple days, try to be aware of your surroundings—everything from the food you eat to the place you live—and who has made them helped you get where you are today. Let someone know that you truly appreciate their efforts in shaping who (and where) you are today.
It’s been said that some of the smartest people make lousy entrepreneurs. How can that be? The problem is that some people are so smart they can easily predict all of the problems, roadblocks and hurdles they’ll need to overcome to succeed. They can think of all kinds of reasons why an idea won’t work. This foresight can crush possibilities and dreams. When you want something, do you focus on the positive things, or the barriers? To reach your goals, you have to really want them. More importantly, you have to believe that you can do it. Think more about why you CAN make it happen instead of why you can’t.
Do you ever get frustrated that you're working so hard but not seeing results as quickly as you'd wish? Many people don’t realize that they're building a foundation for their health and that success will not happen overnight. It is a slow process in which you are constantly building and learning. It is extremely important to create a foundation that will remain strong even in times of crisis. That takes time! Remind yourself that you only fail if you quit…otherwise it is a learning opportunity. So, don’t worry if things seem to be happening in slow motion. Concentrate on building a solid foundation and learning from your steps backward.
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