The following is another excerpt from my new book “The Pursuit of Passion: How to Sequence your Life for Success“. This Excerpt is from the third chapter in the book entitled “Fitness”. This chapter is all about how one of the secrets to success is being fit, not just physically; but also mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
If you have not done so yet, make sure you get your copy from the store. You can get a PDF version or you can order a copy and have it delivered to you. I promise you if you read this book in its entirety, your will fundamentally change for the better:
It’s Time to get Fit
Improving your fitness looks like taking consistent actions that will compound over time. Choosing to become consistent in the right habits is how you grow physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. This looks different for everyone, but the same principles apply. You want to make sure that you are constantly being attentive to your needs. This partially stems from your ability to be mindful (of which I will go over in depth in a later chapter); you want to become your own best problem solver.
The first thing you want to look for when growing your material health in this way is whether or not the totality of your being is in homeostasis. Homeostasis refers to a state of equilibrium. Typically, you do not come across these concepts unless you are taking/have taken an anatomy class however, being at a state of balance and rest does not only apply to your physiology.
Before you can begin to improve on your life, you must be willing to decipher and deal with the things holding your life back. This looks like addressing the key aspects of yourself and figuring out your status. Are you at peace in your mind, body, spirit, and emotions, or are there things in one or multiple areas of yourself that are causing a dissonance?
Rooting out the problem impeding your growth can sometimes be an all-hands-on deck process. Sometimes we decide to tolerate something because we think that it will be easier than If we were to address it directly. The issue with avoidance in this way is, if you give your problem an inch, it will take a mile. The longer you take to address an area of conflict, the more contentious that aspect of your life will become. Eventually, if left unaddressed, what was once benign will have been given room to become malignant.
Problems that have been given time to fester in our lives unsurprisingly will sprout up new problems. If you find yourself looking at your life and realizing that you have little fires everywhere, the best way to manage them is one at a time. The first step to change is being willing to admit that a change is necessary. By submitting to that process, you will be allowing growth to take place. Once you are finally able to create a sense of peace for yourself, the next thing that you want to be able to do is build on it.