Steps to Superior Health Using Mind Power
Excerpt from "Grow
Rich While You Sleep"
HOW WELL IS WELL?
Perhaps you have never asked yourself this question. It will prove interesting
to think about it a moment and doing so may start a train of thought which
will carry you into a state of happiness you have not known before. When
do you think of yourself as being well? When you are free from aches and
pains? When you can do your normal work without exhaustion? The questions
which could be asked are numerous, but the big question is: Even if you
are free from aches and pains and are able to do your regular work without
exhaustion is it possible for you to feel still better?
The pinnacle of well-being is mental and physical vibrancy, when you can
throw your entire enthusiastic self into anything you do whether work
or play; when your mind is free from worry, because you accept the problems
of the day as a challenge instead of approaching them with fear; when
your heart is free from hatred because you have eyes which look only for
the good in others; and when your todays are better than your yesterdays,
and your tomorrows are looked forward to with joyous anticipation.
10 Simple Steps to Health Consciousness
are ten simple steps for radiant mental and physical health, which are
all you need to develop a health consciousness:
Have an incentive to want to be actively aliveon top of the world.
We can do almost anything if we really want to. This applies to physical
well-being as much as it does to anything else. We might go through the
motions of doing things intended for better health, but, unless our actions
are backed by a burning desire to succeed, we need not look for spectacular
and glowing results.
It's wonderful to feel good, to have that up-and-at-'em feeling, but before
we can make progress in creating such a feeling, we must have a mighty
good reason for doing so.
Step 1, therefore, is to acquire an incentivea valid reason for
wanting every fiber of your being to effervesce with vibrant energy.
Only a few suggestions will be offered as thought starters, but for the
real incentives, explore that mind of yours to learn just what it is you
would like to accomplishor be.
Would you like to be a power in your community? Would you like to have
the type of personality which sways people? Forcefulness is not a question
of how you pitch your voice, or how loud you talk. It is a reflection
of a mind alert and a body dynamically alive and vigorous.
Would you like to have a large circle of admiring friends? Would you like
to be the one singled out for your opinion and advice, because there is
something about you which spells authority?
Would you like to be elected to important posts in your lodge or club,
because of your personal magnetism?
Perhaps your desires might run along the lines of personal accomplishment.
You may have said: "I would take up the study of music, if I felt
better." Or, it might have been painting or the mastering of one
of the many crafts.
I may be a thousand miles from anything which nearly approaches your own
incentive. You may be single and give anything for the right mate, but
feel you do not have the youth or physical attractiveness to interest
the opposite sex.
But, regardless of what your desires are, get an incentive which will
give you a reason to want to be on top physically and mentally; then you
will be in a position to get the maximum good from the steps which follow.
2. Know you CAN gain better health and live longer. The only people
who have ever accomplished anything are those who knew they could. To
approach any task with doubt in your mind about your ability to do it
is a certain step toward failure.
Buoyant health is not something we acquire by luck. It is a reflection
of the way we think and the way we live. Bodies which creak with aches
and pains are not given to us by Fate as a punishment of some kind. We
have them because of the way we live and think.
The mistake which most people make is to think that the price we pay for
a joyous state of well-being is so high, the reward is not worth the effort.
How utterly wrong!
One might say that sacrifice is part of the price we pay for a vigorously
But is it? Let us take a few habits as examples. Think of those who smoke
to excess and whose hands shake if they are without a cigarette for a
few moments. Would it be a sacrifice if they were to practice moderation
to the extent that a smoke would be enjoyable, instead of a means to keep
from suffering? Think of those who drink too much. Is the intense suffering
from a hangover the reward they gain from the habit? Would it be a sacrifice
to suggest moderation, that a drink could be taken now and then for sociability,
instead of being the means of shearing one of all semblance of culture
At first thought it may be hard to believe that we make more sacrifices
with an ailing body than we do to have and maintain a glad-to-be-alive
body. Think it over and you'll quickly agree. Reflect over the many things
you could and would have done, had you felt like it. Think of the places
you would have visited, had you the mental and physical spirit to do so.
And think of the countless hours of feeling just "half fit."
Your judgment tells you that if you embark on a program aimed at glorious
health, you can accomplish it. So, Step 2 is to know you can gain better
health and live longer.
It may be necessary to resort to a bit of mental discipline in developing
a better health consciousness. If, for years, you have been seeing yourself
as one under par physically, it will take an effort to get yourself to
the point where you know, beyond doubt, you can enjoy radiant health.
Motion creates emotion, we learn, so, for a few days, hold to the thought:
I CAN gain robust health. Of course, accepting the thought that you can
gain better health is not enough. You must take the steps which will make
better health a reality. In other words, the realization that good health
is within your grasp must be brought into reality by action.
3. Get your mind in order. As you learned in the previous chapter,
the word "psychosomatic" is now frequently heard in connection
with illnesses of various kinds. Doctors are including many, many ailments
in a long list of those which are originated in the mind. This fact does
not mean that a psychosomatically sick person is insane; it merely means
that most psychosomatic conditions result from fear and worry.
Stomach ulcers are thought of as originating mostly in the mind; "strain"
we call it, but what is mental strain other than worry over certain conditions,
or our vivid fear that we will prove to be inadequate to cope with them?
My definition of worry is holding mental pictures of things we do not
want, instead of things we do want. Think about this a moment, and you'll
We might also say that worry is evidence of doubt in our ability to solve
the problem which is causing the worry. Perhaps if we look at it from
this angle, we might stiffen our spines a bit and prove to ourselves and
others that we are bigger than the object of our worry, and will do what
is necessary to change it.
Realize that worry never helps anything. To the contrary, it impairs health
and blocks happiness.
Self-mastery is a reward which comes to the one who can conquer fear and
worryand they are easy to conquerif one will accept and act
upon the truth:
"Worry prevents our doing the very thing which will provide the means
to prevent the worry."
4. Learn the things you should and should not do! A sage once said:
"Success comes from doing the things you know you ought to do, and
not doing the things you know you ought not to do."
It could wisely be said that invigorating health would result from following
this sane advice. But, of first importance is to know exactly what you
should and should not do. Where can this vital information be obtained?
The moment we become imbued with any thought, we become almost a magnet
for information on that subject. We are attracted to books and periodicals
covering various phases of it. Our minds and thoughts dwell upon it.
"A fault discovered is half overcome," I learned when just a
boy. I believe if I were to take exuberant health as an objective, the
first thing I would want to know is the condition of my body at present.
I would, therefore, let my doctor give me a head-to-toe examination, so
I would learn many of the things I should and should not do regarding
my physical being.
An architect visualizes his ideas as they come to him. At his drawing
board, and with his instruments, he develops his thoughts objectively.
Since we are architects of our own beings and affairs, it would be well
to begin by listing those things we should and should not do in our pursuit
of glowing health.
A plan of action should be conceived which would include activity on the
things we should do, and discipline in avoiding the things we should not
do. Naturally our program of action will include supervision over the
food we eat. But here and now let me say that eating for robust health
does not mean giving up the things you like in favor of those you do not
Vitamins and minerals are as essential to vibrant health as light and
water are to plants. To have a deficiency of either vitamins or minerals
means living in a body under par physically, one which will break down
many years before it should.
A startlingly large percentage of people suffers from malnutrition, not
because they are eating too little, but because the foods they do eat
are deficient in the elements necessary for health.
Selecting a diet of items recognized for certain vitamins and minerals
is no assurance that they are being obtained. Good virgin soils hold an
abundance of the minerals essential to good health but, in all parts of
the country, these minerals are being used up much faster than nature
or the farmer can put them back again. They are used up by overcropping,
carried away by erosion, washed out by rains.
Vitamins are not food. They do not turn into blood, flesh and bone, or
supply energy with their substance as foodstuffs do. They act instead
as important links in the chemical processes by which the body turns food
into tissues, removes waste products, and produces energy. Without vitamins
these vital processes could not go on.
Selecting food with care is always a wise precaution, but the one determined
to have scintillating, glad-to-be-alive health, will not risk getting
all essential elements from foodstuffs presumed to contain them, but will
make certain of a balanced diet by adding food supplements obtained from
a reliable source.
5. Develop an ENTHUSIASM to do and not to do! Acquiring the facts
just given is essential in reaching our objective: Radiant Mental and
Physical Health; but, merely acquiring this information is not enough.
We must develop an enthusiasm for carrying through; for putting into operation
the plans which will insure radiant health.
There is one word, common to most of us, which has been responsible for
many of our failures in life. That word is tomorrow. How often do we learn
of something which would be of help to us, and we resolve to do ittomorrow?
And, of course, tomorrow never comes.
If you have been reading with a serious mind, you are enthusiasticright
You are beginning to see vistas of thrilling happiness with a sparkling
mind backed by a dynamic body. Problems which have heretofore been worries
to you now appear as challenges. But, as you peep behind the curtain and
envision your new future, do not allow procrastination to make you think
of tomorrow as a starting point. Start right now; the moment you lay this
book aside. The start need not be a physical one, doing something the
eyes can see. The start can be your resolve; your resolution that, since
your rightful heritage is vibrant mental and physical health, you, from
this moment onward, will do everything within your power to make it a
part of your existence.
6. Take years off of your life through your actions! Motion creates
emotion. The men and women who make pals of their children and who enter
into the activities of youth will remain young far longer than the parents
who live like traditionally old-fashioned mothers and fathers.
We can't act young without feeling young, and when we feel young, we are
putting the processes of Nature to work toward making us young.
Dancing, swimming, rowing, hiking, are a few of the activities which promote
physical well-being. But, right here, in connection with these pastimes,
there is a thought of considerable importance. Do not do anything merely
because you think it will be good for you. Since, as we learned in Step
2, there is a definite relationship between mind and body, learn to like
the things you do. If you dance, enjoy it to the fullest extent, and you
will gain from the combination of psychological and physiological benefits.
This holds true with all other forms of exercise. The more you like them,
the greater will be your benefit.
Our clothing plays an important part in the way we feel. If we wear drab
garments, we do not feel as gay as when we dress colorfully. Although
it is always imperative to use good taste, there is no rule against wearing
clothes which express our cheerfulness.
What did you enjoy doing ten, twenty or perhaps thirty years ago? Try
to renew your interest in it. You may find the years literally rolling
off your age as you do so.
7. Go on a mental diet. Again referring to psychosomatic ailments,
those physical conditions which emanate from mind, I would dare to say
that a mental diet is more important than a physical one.
As you have been learning throughout this book, negative thoughts produce
negative reactions. An old philosopher once said: "Seek thy comrades
among the industrious, because the idle will sap thy energy from thee."
Whether or not this is true, remember some of the visits you have had
with those whose conversation is confined to subjects of gloom and disaster.
Remember how gloomy you were when you left them? On the other hand, think
of times spent with the optimistic, hopeful ones, and you will remember
feeling inspired, and wanting to do big things yourself.
Discipline yourself to think in terms of health and happiness. Select
reading matter which will encourage you to climb to greater heights.
Do not indulge in negative conversation. When writing letters, see how
much encouragement you can give, instead of making them dissertations
The secret of happiness is not in doing the things you like to do, but
in liking the things you have to do. The acceptance of this thought will
be a forward step in your mental diet.
In Step 5 you determined to abandon the word tomorrow from your vocabulary
as far as procrastination is concerned. This definitely applies to your
You are on itright now.
8. Teach others how to have radiant mental and physical health.
It is true that happiness comes from giving happiness, and that to teach
others how to gain radiant mental and physical health would make us extremely
happy. There is, however, another reason for the suggestion given in this
We cannot successfully teach anything to others without setting an example.
It would be incongruous to tell others how to be joyfully alive and exuberant,
if we were to drag ourselves along looking only half alive. We want to
show what life means to us, so that it will be an inspiration for others
to follow our example.
Since charity begins at home, persuade the various members of your family
to join with you in attaining radiant mental and physical health.
Start a movement among those with whom you work, not only for the good
you will be doing them, but for what it will do for you.
Practically everything we do in life is based upon habit. We live according
to the habit patterns we have created. Some habits are good; some are
not. In following Step 8, you are unconsciously training yourself to create
and live according to new and highly beneficial habit patterns.
9. Live correctly! These two words could lead you into many different
avenues of thought. They could refer to your food, to your habits, to
your whole mode of living.
"Let your conscience be your guide" is the meaning I wish to
convey. To talk about our relationships with others may seem a far cry
from the rudiments of good health, but psychologists know that the things
we do that challenge our self-respect are reflected in our physical condition.
A person who is not dependable never enjoys the vibrant health common
to the one who is respected for his dependability. An unpunctual person
is not on top of the world physically. Why? Because something psychological
is disturbing him within. Subconsciously he loses a certain amount of
self-respect, and a psychosomatic illness is usually the result.
In connection with Step 9, I cannot neglect disposition. One with a bad
disposition never enjoys vigorous health. Pages could be written proving
how a bad disposition undermines happiness and success, but for its effect
on your healthask your doctor. Ask him to explain how anger actually
releases a poison in the blood stream which retards the digestion and
encourages any one of a long list of maladies.
Anger and reason do not go together, as evidenced by the fact that when
we are angry, we say and do many things we later regret. You can see,
therefore, that by giving in to anger, you are literally retarding your
progress, and doing immeasurable harm to your physical being.
10. Be happy! A prominent and successful doctor once said that
a happy person is seldom ill, but that when he is, he responds to treatment
much faster than other people. You will have no difficulty in agreeing
with this doctor, if you will reflect a moment. You know you feel much
better, physically, when you are happy than you do when you are sad and
depressed. You also know that when you are not quite up to par, and something
happens to cause great elation, you at once feel better.
This will show you why the two words Be Happy make a fitting conclusion
Happiness comes from within. You now haveand always will haveall
the happiness there is. To be happy is merely to express happiness. And
to express happiness is to take a great step forward toward acquiring
inexhaustible, glowing health.
You now have the 10 Steps, but this is only the beginning. From this moment
onward, they are to become a part of your daily routine. Think about them;
practice them; live them. A new and incredibly joyous life awaits you.
Sweetland is the author of Grow
Rich While You Sleep.
shows how to use the deepest thinking part of you, while you sleep, to
get whatever you want out of life . . . money, personal influence, love,
respect and admiration.
At will, you can direct your Creative Mind to assist you in solving problems...
making the right decisions... in creating ways and means of great achievement...
over night! With this technique you can sleep on it and awake in the morning
with answers so clear-cut you will be amazed!
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and Grow Rich"