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Success is a Science (Part 8)
(To read previous parts of this Series, click here)
Chapter 4, Application #1: Health
At the start of this series, we talked about the 3 life circles of health, wealth and love. Now we’re going to look at how each of the life circles is divided into 3 goals circles. (Imagine 3 overlapping circles with each word in a circle): In this case, health is divided into:
The Physical Circle
The types of goals that you might include in the physical circle would be things that relate to both health as well as fitness and attractiveness. There are many people who focus on just fitness and attractiveness, but are lacking in the general health of their body.
Also, there are many people who just focus on health practices that certainly don’t look their best and couldn’t run for a bus if they needed to. So it’s best when writing goals and designing your life plan to make sure you include goals for both health and fitness and attractiveness.
Here are some examples of what you might want to include as physical health goals: learning how to do health exercises such as tai chi or yoga; improving sleep habits so that you sleep deeply for the right number of hours and wake feeling refreshed; getting a regular massage, chiropractic or body work.
Ideas for fitness and attractiveness goals are: working out with weights twice a week in the gym, doing a cardio workout twice a week, learning a good stretching routine, developing a good skin care program, or visiting an image consultant to make sure you are wearing colors and styles that complement you. In this category, you might also have body weight or body composition goals; for example: as a woman you might say, “I would like to weigh 135 lbs with 20% body fat.” Or a man might say, “I would like to weigh 185 lbs. with a 15% body fat.”
These are just examples of what you could write in the category of physical health. As your mind is coming up with individual goals for yourself, make sure you jot them down.
There are two main components to chemical health: diet and supplements/drugs. Examples of diet goals would be to cut down on sugar, to increase water consumption, to have one vegetarian meal per day, to eat fresh fruit and vegetables every day, and maybe to drink fresh vegetable juice daily.
Examples of supplements/drugs goals would be: to make sure that you get a good multivitamin and mineral supplement daily, take an EFA (Essential Fatty Acids) supplement every day; if you are taking medical drugs, to work with your doctor to gradually normalize your condition so that you can cut back or eliminate the medical drugs, or perhaps even replace them with supplements, or maybe even find an allopathic doctor that also works with alternative medicine. You might even look at eliminating certain harmful chemicals such as alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. If you’re an ex-smoker, congratulations, you’ve already eliminated nicotine.
Most of the work you do in the chemical arena will be either focused on eliminating harmful chemicals from your life and/or increasing the quality of the fuel that you put into your body, because food, water and supplements should be thought of as fuel.
If you had a luxury car, you wouldn’t want to put cheap fuel in it. In fact, you would put only the best fuel in your luxury car. How much more valuable is your body? It’s the vehicle which enables you to travel through your entire life.
Psychological health encompasses both emotional health and intellectual ability. The category of emotional health we’ll refer to as self-understanding because through self-understanding comes the ability to master one’s emotions. If you can master your emotions, you will actually learn how to use your mind to enhance the health of your body.
It’s well documented that stress is a major cause of physical illness. This is a clear example of how each of the circles overlap. Stressful thoughts influence both the physical and chemical functioning of the body. Setting self-understanding goals will literally reverse the effects of stress.
Examples of self-understanding goals are: start a regular meditation practice; listen to self-hypnosis/relaxation CDs regularly Mindset Mastery; practice the 3-Circles Emotional Mastery exercises as a daily life practice; journal regularly; spend the first hour of the day (or the first 15 minutes) in the workshop of your imagination focusing your attention on your ideal life. In fact, we will make an outrageous promise. If you continue to do the 3-Circles practice for 90 days, you’ll notice that your health will improve in all areas naturally and automatically, and you will also get far greater enjoyment out of life.
The area of intellectual ability we refer to as life-long learning is important because as human beings we are learning creatures, but the strange thing is in our society, most adults never read another non-fiction book after they leave school. Right now, you are the exception to the rule just from reading this Series.
Our brains actually crave stimulation in the form of new learning. Why not start to give your brain the freedom to stretch itself and build new neurological pathways that will enable you to live a fuller, happier, more interesting life? Examples of life-long learning goals would be things like: actually setting a goal to learn how to learn.
Up until recently, learning how to learn was simply not taught in schools, and it’s only taught in a few rare schools at this point in time. What if you could learn how to read and extract the information from a 200-300 page book in just a few days? So learning a speed reading system would be one goal. Learning how to mind map, learning a memory system and mnemonics, building a complete study system so that you can enjoy learning new things about any subject you chose for the rest of your life.
So there you have some examples of things that you could include in your life plan regarding health – physical, chemical and psychological.
Next week, we’ll continue on with the Application of Wealth.
Until next time,
Connie Kvilhaug, Cert. Hypnotist
Mindset Coach & Train