There Is Nothing More Pitiful
My mentor Jim Rohn emphasized that one of the first things everyone should work on is their physical health. He said, “How terrible would it be if the mind said, ‘let’s go conquer the world’ and the body said, ‘I can’t even get out of bed’?” It takes your healthy body to carry around your head full of ideas and your heart’s desires.
There is nothing more pitiful than a ready and willing mind but an incapable body.
There is a well-known quote from the philosopher Virgil that says, “The greatest wealth is health.” I also believe that health is the beginning of wealth. In other words, your health will help you create wealth.
Times of great danger. The great efficiencies of technology have made us more inactive and sedentary than ever before. Food has become more abundant, more easily accessible, super-sized, bulk packaged and mass merchandised. Commercial marketing has proliferated into every space of attention with ingeniously creative and utterly tantalizing commercial marketing. It has never been more difficult to become and remain healthy.
If you are in the business of attracting, influencing, selling or leading others, how you show up, your physical appearance, speaks volumes about who you are, how you are and what you are or not capable of.
I know, people shouldn’t judge you, right? Well, here is a clue… they do!
Whether you like it or not, people make judgments and draw conclusions about you in the first 10-15 seconds they meet you, based solely on how you look. Like it or not, how you show up on the outside says a lot about you on the inside. Our body advertises our personal development. All the habits, behaviors, choices, disciplines (or lack there of) are made physical (literally) in your physique.
Here is a good question to consider: If your body is the billboard of your personal development, your calling card and your personal 15-second commercial, what is it communicating? Take a good hard look in the mirror (literally) and determine if that is the message you want conveyed. I know this is pretty direct and maybe a bit harsh, but this is the reality of life. This is also why I hope you read this blog—because I am willing to tell it to you straight with no holds barred.
I’ve passed this tip to you before but let me repeat it again here: If you want to attract committed, dedicated, disciplined and consistent people into your business, then you have to exhibit those qualities yourself first. And like it or not, how you show up, your physical outcome, is the demonstration of those qualities in you.
So I encourage you to take your physical fitness seriously. If not for the sheer benefit of having you live longer, look younger and feel better, then because it will attract more and higher quality people into your entrepreneurial pursuits.
On my Facebook fan page there are several (free!) videos where I offer some no-nonsense health and fitness tips: my personal strategy to staying fit, the forgotten secret to health, making food selections and surviving those ‘holy moments.’ VIEW HERE
For more tips on uprooting the (maybe unconscious) bad habits and installing the simple disciplines that will last a lifetime (finally!), I also refer you to Chapter 3 of The Compound Effect. Chapter 4 also gives you the system to keep yourself motivated and consistent.
Share your insights: If you don’t like what your billboard is saying, what few things are you going to do different starting today? If you like your billboard, what few tips can you pass along to everyone else? Share in the comments below.
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