Walk the Walk – Getting Healthy!
By [http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Jamie_B_Wolf/1475572]Jamie B Wolf
I wrote a book for entrepreneurs about success in business and life and in it there are 10 chapters based on the 10 essentials for entrepreneurs to know and do: Make Decisions, Take Action, Fail Frequently, Listen Intently, Develop Yourself, and Practice Balance. There are 4 more chapters – Get Healthy, Network Authentically, Attract Money, and Give Back. Out of context they may not seem to have much to do with business. Clearly I believe otherwise and here’s why…
It doesn’t matter how many resources are available externally for you to draw upon. It doesn’t matter how many consultants you hire, spreadsheets you create, or widgets you invent. If you don’t know how to make decisions and take action, if you can’t fail, learn from your mistakes, and be open to guidance, if you aren’t on a constant quest to stretch yourself, you won’t reach your highest potential. Success in business and life is all about mindset! I am an ardent believer that we are each obligated to reach our best self, as Oprah would say, because only then can we contribute in a significant and meaningful way to our families, our communities, our society, and our planet. We are not here just to take up space, although sometimes when I look around me it feels as if too many people haven’t come to the same conclusion as I have.
In order to have enough energy for this significant journey it is absolutely necessary to be healthy. Healthy in mind and body and spirit. And no man is an island; to succeed we need help, we need people who can open doors, introduce us to others, influence us in positive ways – in other words, we need to network authentically. You’ve heard the old adage “it takes money to make money.” But you may not have thought about all the ways abundance surrounds us or that affluence comes from influence. That’s why attracting money is worthy of a deeper discussion. And finally, what’s the point if we don’t give back? As we struggle and strive and push and pull, surely there must be meaning behind it all, otherwise why bother? Giving back, even if that’s in the form of ‘paying it forward,’ whether through real dollars or mentoring or volunteering or leading, is the true measure of success in business and life.
Back to getting healthy, mindset, and success in business. I recently had dinner with friends. They were self-conscious about their food selections and portions around me. I had coffee with another friend and she was self-conscious about wanting a brownie. Apparently I’m getting a reputation as a very health-conscious individual – which I am. But I was surprised that others would even consider altering their behaviors because they were in my presence since my perception of me is that I have a notorious weakness for… well, let’s just say anything with gluten in it! What I have been struck by, however, is the power of leadership in action. I walk the walk (mostly) and therefore without my even asking, people around me alter their behavior. That’s a powerful lesson, one that we can all utilize for the greater good. It carries far more punch than “do as I say, not as I do,” a precept that young people see through in a heartbeat. Every preacher and motivational speaker pounds the pulpit with it but I’m experiencing it first hand and it’s profound – and simple – and you can do it, too! Walk the walk with me!
What does being healthy mean? We can take the politically correct stance and hedge immediately by saying it’s different for each individual. To some modest degree that’s true but then again, not really. And here’s where I’m going to get on my first soapbox.
The most obvious physical attribute relating to health in the US today is weight. But wait, wait! Don’t tell me! The solution to overweight is to diet! Grrrroooooaaaannnn. No! The solution is to have a healthy body, a lean body with a strong immune system. Fat isn’t just hard on the organs, fat doesn’t just predispose you to cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. Fat stores toxins and our world today bombards us with toxins.
I wrote a paragraph itemizing the many sources of contaminants and realized that would simply label me as a left-wing freak making it too easy to dismiss the message with the messenger. I know well-educated people who routinely reject hard data, which floors me, so I’ll skip the data. The point is that counting points so that you can eat potato chips and still lose weight misses the objective of health. Forgoing exercise in a desire to hit a target number on a scale because muscle weighs more than fat misses the objective of health. We have an obsession for dieting and it doesn’t work because it’s not driven by an objective for a lean, strong body supported by a stress-and-toxin-fighting healthy immune system. As a business person I am results-oriented. My objective is first and always the strongest ROI: true health.
I’m acutely aware of the complex factors that drive our societal weight issue, inclusive of “food” science, marketing to children, “food deserts” and poverty, barriers to care, unsafe environments, television, video games, factory farms and corn subsidies, a dearth of school athletic programs for non-athletes, insistence on immediate gratification, car-centric lifestyles, low political will and extremely high profit motives for very large corporations. I am the last person to pronounce it all comes down to individual responsibility and accountability and acknowledge the work of think tanks addressing each area above. I also know this: The ONLY thing I have control over is my mindset that then allows me to have control over my body. I choose what and how much and how often I eat. I have control over the decisions I make, the actions I take, and whether or not I learn from my mistakes. I have control over understanding the relevance of achieving and maintaining my health so that I have the physical stamina and mental clarity required for achieving success in business and life. Because I am responsible for my mindset and because I believe it’s my responsibility to be a leader, I continually strive to do better.
Recently I was asked the question, “What do you stand for?” That made me think long and hard to determine if every thing I think, say, and do is in alignment. How authentically do I walk the walk, with my wallet, my actions, and my mindset? I know I won’t hit perfect until the day my significant journey ends, but I can answer authentically that I stand for starting over and using the Evolved Economy as the vehicle that allows me to manifest my purpose, because there is a better way to achieve health, wealth, and success in business and life and I’m here to take what I know and pay it forward.
So here’s what I know and now you know it, too; it’s a model you can copy and show others how to do the same. I own my own business in the Evolved Economy and I’ve partnered with a global health and wellness solutions company that first and foremost is driven by integrity. It’s vision – to impact world health and free people from physical and financial pain – aligns with my journey of contribution in health and entrepreneurship. It has a culture of growth, passion, fun, and integrity; that is also the culture of my business and permits me to again authentically walk the walk. When you are in alignment with your core values, when you don’t just speak them but live them, you are your healthiest in mind, body and spirit, you attract the right people into your network of kindred, motivated, passionate people while attracting abundance, and you position yourself to give back and contribute in a manner that leaves you fulfilled, at peace, and in perfect health in life and in business.
If you are ready to get healthy in mind, body, spirit, business and bank account, then contact the person who referred you to this article to co-create your own Evolved Economy business.
If you arrived here independently and desire to know more, all my contact information is in the “resource” section and I’d welcome hearing from you.
It would be an honor to co-create an Evolved Economy business with you. To learn how to get started, contact me by phone, email, or message me through Facebook. Jamie Wolf, Mentor & Trainer, +1.843.694.7443 US EST, Jamie.Wolf@theStartOver.com, https://www.facebook.com/jamie.wolf.581
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