You can be successful without Fitness, but your success may be limited. It's true that you can succeed in a specific area while ignoring either your physical or mental fitness, but for truly great results in all areas of your life, you need a sound mind and a healthy body. People who reach goals with regular success are sometimes more mentally fit, sometimes more physically fit. But they're always at least one or the other, usually both. They know the real advantages that Fitness produces. Good health is the bare minimum you need to stay upright. But improved Fitness does more than let you maintain the status quo. It gives you a head start.
The more fit you are, the more you feel like tackling the world. Fitness builds energy that makes it possible to live with more zing and power. It's the pep you'll need to really go after your passions and goals. If you're constantly dragging and yawning, not much is going to get done. That's not the path to success. Good Fitness is a self-replenishing energy source where sustained action doesn't suck the energy out of you until nothing is left. Goal achievement and fulfilling your mission require action. If you're a procrastinator, it probably doesn't mean you're lazy. You may just lack the right oomph at the right time to take that action. Instead of waiting for it to happen, imagine living with more oomph all the time.
Here are some things you'll have if you let yourself live with more energy:
- A jump in your step
- Eagerness to get started
- Preference for action
- Ability to get up in the morning
- Power to keep going after a hard day's work
Fuzzy-brained people usually don't make the annual list of movers and shakers. Most goals require concentration and ongoing peak mental performance. A sluggish mind can hold you back. On the flip side, improved mental skills help you learn faster and create new ideas for future plans. A strong mind sees connections you didn't know were there before, remembers mistakes, and has clearer insights into your life, your strengths and your priorities. It also helps you form the ability to create and sustain goal-related visions, a skill held by most successful people.
Think of it this way: like your body, your brain needs to be fed and exercised to perform well. With the right amount of oxygen supplied through physical fitness, complemented by mental workouts, your brain power can dramatically increase in the following ways:
- Thinking with more vision
- Increased attention and concentration
- More mental clarity and quicker thinking
- Improved memory
- Boosted creativity
Fitness has one more, vitally important role - it helps determine your attitude. Your attitude can spell success or failure. Like Henry Ford said "If you think you can do or can't do something, you're right." Optimists generally reach more goals faster than pessimists. And positive thinkers attract positive people, great candidates for your support team. Okay, so attitude is important. What does that have to do with Fitness? Studies show that optimists tend to be more mentally and physically fit than pessimists. In an extreme example, major depression can increase the death rate of nursing home patients by over 50%. Attitude and health feed off each other. You can live longer by reducing worry. In the same way, you can stay positive by reacting well to stress, getting better sleep, and being more creative. Stretching the mind and body can turn a broken-down wet blanket into a vibrant dreamer and achiever. Which approach do you think works better?
If you want to see the full potential of your goal achievement journey, keep in mind that fit, positive people:
- Are less irritable
- Have an increased ability to interact with others
- See opportunities rather than problems
- See roadblocks as challenges, not a reason to give up
There's no need to build your own obstacles. You have enough challenges to meet without handicapping yourself by ignoring Fitness. Besides the obvious health risks and damage to your life expectancy, poor Fitness keeps you from reaching your potential. Even feeling a little off-kilter can affect your performance in a big way. Fitness makes the business of goal achievement so much easier. It helps you stay focused and strong, with a clear mind that can function quickly, and a healthy body that can push through down times.
Try these things today, and you'll soon develop better mental and physical Fitness:
- Do some aerobic exercise: treadmill, stair climber, elliptical machine.
- Do some jump rope or sprints.
- Don't eat while watching TV or talking on the phone.
- Drink 6-8 cups of water per day. Drink regularly, even when you're not thirsty.
- Have a fruit smoothie. Create your own recipe.
- Get the same amount of sleep each night, within 1 hour.
- Don't work, watch TV or do any other non-relaxing activity in bed.
- To stave off colds, try echinacea, ginseng and zinc lozenges.
- While working at a desk, blink regularly, look around, stretch, move.
- Use a stress ball or other hand-gripping device in the car and on the phone.
- Develop a small reward for not procrastinating.
- Do some daily stretching.