Crucial Choices

“I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts” (John Locke). Sometimes we need to get out of our own way, while striving for greatness. Do more and think less to avoid paralysis by analysis. Emotions are fleeting, while enduring habits are byproducts of the stuff we think and do every day that leads to success.

Furthermore, avoid making life-altering or rash decisions while physically ill, tired, stressed, or in emotional turmoil. Don’t become your worst enemy. Circumstances will likely be misrepresented and choices poorly managed. Wait until you are back in a peak mental state before critically deciding. This is especially true about becoming married and continuing or dissolving relationships, among myriads of other critical choices.

Authenticity

“Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is the man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another” (Homer). More confidence and progress manifests when our character for who we think we should be matches up with who we really are. Don’t get stuck financially by a car or mortgage that hinders you from truly living out or pursuing your genuine desires. Don’t just look the part, be the part. Being is so much more fun and rewarding than pretending.

Reconditioning

It has been said that fleas can be conditioned inside a jar. After hitting the lid so many times they stop jumping so high. The fleas no longer jump out of the jar even when the lid is removed. Recondition your minds and begin living without self-limiting beliefs, today. Success is waiting for each of us on the other side of fear, indecision, nonbelief, and external obstacles.

Similar conditioning has held true for elephants. The programming process results set in after being shackled to the ground while young and unable to break strong ropes. Even while grown and fully capable of becoming unshackled, their unbelief or conditioned response made the seemingly impossible feat that was utterly and easily possible, hinder them from even trying. Do not let that be you any longer. You have too much greatness and potential in you to be shackled by self-limiting beliefs another moment. Go get your greatness out into the world and live out your dreams.

“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened” (Billy Graham). Stop thinking too much and get busy doing more deliberately with powerful intrinsic purpose and meaning. Act as if failure is not possible. Act brave and you will be brave. Internally, feel victory and you will possess victory.

Food and Thinking for Healthy Living

If there are some poor food choices that you only want to eat once weekly in moderation, place them in the back of your cupboards up high. Out of sight out of mind. Thinking right or wrong brings about health or illness. Wellness or disease does not bring about positive or negative mental attitudes. Thinking right must come first and remain through daily practice. Maintenance via books, podcasts, prayer, meditation, blogs, among other modalities, facilitates right thinking. Moreover, unless you eat the right food, or implement certain truths, no nutritional acumen from any great athlete or guru will help in achieving your athletic or health-based goals. Following truths leads to fewer errors. Yes, mistakes and troubles help create outstanding education, yet don’t jeopardize your health trying to figure how to bring out the best you. Forget about masks and labels regarding how others and even yourself thinks you should act, look, and be. Delve deep inside to the howling abyss of your soul, asking difficult questions, deciding who you want to be and why. Do not be scared for fear trembles and abates when you faithfully believe in yourself. Denying yourself for future gain is rational human nature. Forgiving and forgetting is the only way to get ahead toward genuinely joyful success, furthermore, creating authentic peace, leading to love and altruism toward all.

Additionally, focus on drinking 8 eight-ounce glasses of water daily and eliminating or decreasing juice and pop consumption. Down a cup of water right when awakening. Dehydration increases blood viscosity, enhancing platelet concentration, promoting the risk for sudden cardiac death and stroke. People drinking diet soda tend to consume more food, thus an increased amount of caloric intake leads to weight gain. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Juices create glucose surges and insulin release, unlike consuming whole fruits and vegetables themselves, which encompass fiber, negating the sugar spiking effect. Grocery shop with a detailed list, and on a full stomach to increase glycogen, hence strengthening willpower to purchase only specific foods that help lead toward achieving your goals and maintaining your healthy lifestyle.

Healthy Eating

Eating healthy entails not storing high-calorie low-nutrient foods in the house. The types of food calories consumed are more important regarding our well-being than the quantity because of synthetic chemicals and certain ingredients. Look at food labels to minimize or eliminate ones having sugar as the first ingredient, while abstaining from trans fats, such as partially or fully hydrogenated oils found in many cakes, pastries, margarine, donuts, crackers, frosting, cream-filled candy, frozen pizza, biscuits, and fried food, among others. Trans-fatty acids can elevate low density lipoprotein (LDL-bad cholesterol), decrease high density lipoprotein (HDL-good cholesterol), and increase triglycerides, promoting the risk for coronary artery disease, stoke, systemic inflammation, obesity, and type II diabetes. Parts of New York City limited or banned trans fats in 2007 with a tentative U.S. nationwide mitigation and eradication plan set for the middle of 2018, which continues to be worked towards. Various countries either prohibit trans fat or mandate restrictions upon the amounts allowed in food.

Time, Truth, Healing

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry on as if nothing had happened” (Sir Winston Churchill). We must courageously heed truth when it helps us make a positive difference in our lives, in turn, in the lives of others. Let’s stop wasting our invaluable time and begin living meaningfully focused, purpose-driven lives. Time and truths have the potential to heal all wounds. Why not allow healing to begin?

Do Unto Others

Being polite while asking thoughtfully can facilitate a request being granted. Jettison the notion that it is easier to do something, subsequently asking for forgiveness, than requesting permission in the first place. Consideration by using please and thank you shows appreciation, in turn, increasing the likelihood that further desirable gifts and harmonious cooperation will continue. Simple manners of respect, kindness, reciprocation and hard work pay massive dividends over the long-term.

Creeping Habits

Remember, it’s much easier avoiding temptation or not acquiring the taste than it is trying to beat temptation or eradicate an acquired taste. Let’s ponder this truth while parenting or role modeling for kids and people all around us. Poor habits acquired incrementally over time creep in surreptitiously, catching us off guard. We may wonder how divorce, job loss, poor health, or an undesirable event occurred, until radically honest deep self-reflection reveals truths of neglect and mismanaged priorities. Manage yourself well—nobody will do it for you. Self-love what you owe yourself—nothing less.

Self-Reliance

“Are you angry that others disappoint you? Remember you cannot depend upon yourself” (Benjamin Franklin). Look inward for autonomy, peace, and joy, rather than seeking futile outward stimuli, people, places or things to give you what only you can gift yourself from within. Don’t be your own worst enemy. Let’s focus on improving ourselves so we can be self-reliant without being moved by outside events, opinions, or circumstances. You deserve only the best life has to offer. How about changing our attitudes toward this perspective?

Ownership Offers Healing

“All things are difficult before they are easy” (Thomas Fuller). We become more fulfilled the sooner we recognize and accept the harmful self-inflicting problems we create within ourselves, while deciding to replace old destructive ways with positive forward moving and life-altering strategies. Paths toward healing manifest after recognizing a problem, accepting or owning the cause, and forgiving ourselves and others for partaking in immoral behaviors. We are ultimately accountable and responsible for where we are in life, period.