It's that time of the week, so it's time for some well-being. I began writing this particular email a couple of weeks ago and think it's time that I finished it. Before I do, I have another good quote for you. Really think about this quote. "In order to get something you never had, you have to do something you never did." Great quote. In regards to health...most of you haven't had true health in a long time (if ever). Health cannot be achieved without a fully functioning body. In order to get it, you have to seek different avenues than what is usual and customary for you.

Anyhow, here's what has been on my mind...

-I've been doing a lot of thinking lately. There's been a lot on my mind. To be honest, my thoughts have gotten me off purpose. Everything in your life should in some way further you toward reaching your goals...toward reaching your purpose. All the great men and women in history have been focused in their purpose. That's not to say that they didn't take the time to enjoy life, but their enjoyment was fueled by the knowledge that they'd accomplished what they set out to do. In my opinion, there may be no greater goal than setting your sights on what you want and, after a lot of hard work, getting what you want.

One of the key ingredients in the formula of making things happen is self-discipline. Napoleon Hill said it best that self-discipline is taking all of your potential and channeling it in the right directions to make your major purpose a reality. See, I know how people think...after all, I'm a person. When someone reads a phrase like Hill's, they often think that it means "working all the time." Fortunately, that's not the case. I've never been an all work and no play kind of guy and I don't ever intend to be. Remember that channeling your potential in the right directions is a very large, multi-faceted goal. For instance, I know that when I'm in the office, I need to be 100% focused on what I'm doing. No distractions. No personal calls. No drama. It's about me and the people there to see me. But I couldn't go into the office and do that unless I was of sound mind and body. For me, a sound mind and body comes from spending time with family and friends or enjoying a football or basketball game. For you, it could be something totally different.

For me, a sound mind and body are my keys to keeping my self-discipline. One of the biggest keys to achieving self-discipline is keeping your emotions in check. A member of my family passed away recently. I was happy that it happened because it was her time to go, but I had not really had a close family member pass before. My emotions were mixed and it actually weighed more heavily on my thoughts than I figured it would. But, that was a case of me (slightly) losing control of my emotions. As the wise Jedi Master Yoda once said, "Celebrate life when a person transcends into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not." Easier said than done, Master Yoda...but nonetheless quite true. Emotions can be productive or they can be destructive. I'm not saying not to be emotional, but to find the happy medium between reason and emotion.

Let me preface the next paragraph with a reminder of the innate, inborn, inherent, God-given intelligence that we are born with. That's what keeps us alive. That's how electrical signals are rushed at millions of miles per second through the nerves to give life to the body.

Recall that I earlier wrote that self-discipline is a large, multi-faced goal. Thus, you also need to be disciplined not only with your emotions, but also with your appetite, your attitude, your time, and your purpose. Being disciplined shows that you have direction and focus. Even that innate, God-given intelligence running freely through your body and mind can't help you get where you want to go if you haven't decided. Lack of discipline in these areas shows a lack of direction...a lack of purpose...a lack of appreciation for your body and mind. You have to be mindful of the help innate/God can provide.

It goes back to the reality that the mind and body are one unit that make up the totality of a person. Emotions are one of several key elements that make up the structure of the mind, as Napoleon Hill put it. Other facets include ego, reason, imagination, conscience, and memory. I will go over that in a future newsletter...but the point is that it takes self-discipline to be well. So, make your multi-faceted goal of achieving self-discipline, and every day further yourself toward that goal.

-My future wife has a good friend that could be a model for self-discipline. She is training for a triathlon. The self-discipline required to do that type of event is incredible. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears (so to speak) goes into preparing for it. It's not easy, it's very hard, and it's very demanding. To set your sights on something like that...it's admirable. To compete in the event, though, you need funding. Below you'll find a link to her website, which features information on ways that you can make a donation to help her reach the monetary goal necessary to put her countless hours of training to use...Help her out!

http://pages.teamintraining.org/ia/HyveeTri09/aagee

Condition of the Week: Anxiety, Phobias, and Depression

Anxiety...Depression...Intense feelings of fear...all too common conditions that are diagnosed more frequently each year. These conditions are not well understood. The cause behind them is a blind guess to medical professionals. Many have pointed to hormonal or chemical imbalance as the culprit.

Central to that potential cause is a neurologic compromise (or, more simply put, a nerve problem). Hormone and chemical production in the body is controlled by the nerves that go to that particular gland/organ that produces them. If there is a problem with the nerves, then the innate system of hormone and chemical production is altered.

So, let's take a typical budget for a month and say that you need $2458.35 to pay all your bills and have money on the side to live your life. You'd agree that $2300.00 isn't going to get the job done. That's $158.35 too little money, right? So, you'd also agree that getting artificial money out of the Monopoly box is not going to solve the problem. The problem is you need 158 bucks and 35 cents more real money.

The body has a budget for all the hormones and chemicals it needs to produce to keep the body alive and well, thus keeping you living your life. You'd agree that too little of a hormone or chemical, just like too little money, isn't going to get the job done. Too little does not equal what you need, right? So, you'd also agree that getting artificial hormones or chemicals in the form of medications is not going to solve the problem. The problem is that you need X amount of hormones and chemicals produced.

The lesson to be learned is that when the head pulls out of position and stresses the brainstem, the messages from the brain thru the nerves to the organs/glands that make these hormones and chemicals get distorted. A very simple trauma...a fall, a bump on the head, tripping over and landing hard, etc...can cause the top vertebra in the spine to choke the brainstem of its ability to send a healthy message. Making a simple correction and monitoring the nerves to make sure you are holding that correction is the difference between restoring that normal hormonal/chemical balance and the people walking around depressed or anxious...

It's so simple that it's hard to understand...but let that sink in...

Thinking good things for you, as always...