Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Life.
Sexy mind, sexy body, sexy life.
Wealthy mind, wealthy body, wealthy life.
Happy mind, happy body, happy life.

Do you get how this works?

I’d like to say that 99% of everything or anything begins in the mind. I am sure there are some fanatics that claim it’s 100%. Maybe it’s only 80%. But let’s be realistic. Just about anything worthwhile starts as a seed of an idea in the mind. Now the mind is a funny thing.

The Mind is More Than Your Brain

Did you know your mind encompasses not only your thinking brain, but also your gut? How many times have you wondered about a decision or a person but it wasn’t a thought, it was a feeling? Or maybe a gut feeling? Yep. It’s true, the gut has intelligence. The gut has endorphin production capabilities. The gut can help you make better decisions if you are willing to tune into its intuition.

As much as the mind affects the body and its performance, so too does the body affect the mind. If you go for a run and enjoy it, you’re much more likely to be in a peak state when you get back to work.

It’s kind of a two way street.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a column about the 4 legs of a chair. (Thank you James Altucher)

  • Pay attention to your body, your physical state. (Eat, sleep and exercise well)
  • Pay attention to your mind. (Exercise your mind by consciously thinking of new ideas, daily.)
  • Pay attention to your emotional support. (Hang around people who love you and those you love.)
  • Pay attention to your spiritual state. (Be grateful by expressing gratitude in the moment.)


Here’s 3 goals you are welcome to adopt and make part of your mantra.

  1. Be happy.
  2. Eradicate unhappiness from my life.
  3. For every day to be as smooth as possible.

If that is the premise with which you wake up in the morning and you move towards these 3 goals, then it’ll be a happy life.

What To Do When Bad Stuff Happens.

80% of the time, you can use this formula to guide your life but then there are going to be those days when **** happens and your no. 3 goal gets challenged. Bad stuff does happen and that bad stuff tries to bury us, suffocate us, and tell us we are wrong…about everything.

Like today, I am typing on a new laptop. I bought it a week ago as an open box item. It looked fine. Not a scratch on it. But it wasn’t until I tried to type on it that I discovered the space bar doesn’t work very well. So my wordslooklike this and Ihave to backspace a lottoget it to work. So yeah, I have to take it back after spending about aweek settingup Windows 10 and adding Office, etc.

So life isn’t smooth and I need this laptop to make a presentation tomorrow. Oh well, I can still choose to be happy and maybe they can fix the space bar without me having to exchange it for another unit. That’s a mundane annoyance. Sometimes, larger events with extreme consequences transpire. Loss of job, loss of life, losing a pet, losing a friend or family member. That’s when you have go back to the 4 legs of the chair and relish the physical health you have, the interpersonal connections that make you strong, stay mentally challenged and find a way to express gratitude in the face of great difficulty.

That’s what STRONGER by Doug Strouse is all about.

I heard Doug Strouse, President CEO Club in Baltimore,  on the radio yesterday along with Erica Braddock,  recovering elementary school teacher from the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing.

Here’s the introduction on Amazon:

Professional athletes, surgeons, first responders – all perform remarkable feats in the face of intense stress. Why do they thrive under pressure, while others succumb? What separates the two is attitude. Resilient people meet adversity head-on and bounce back from setbacks. They seem to naturally exude an inner strength – but studies show that resilience is something that anyone can build. Analyzing the heroic exploits of U.S. Navy Seals and others who succeed against all odds, Stronger identifies five factors that combine to unlock deep reserves of personal power:

1. Active optimism – believe that you can change things for the better;

2. decisive action – you can’t succeed if you don’t take the leap;

3. moral compass – face any challenge with clear guiding principles;

4. relentless tenacity – try, try again;

5. interpersonal support – gain strength from those around you.

Drawing on the unique perspective of a standout team of authors (a stress management expert, a skilled entrepreneur, and a Navy SEAL), Stronger explores the science behind resilience and explains how you can develop this vital trait for yourself. Whatever your profession, today’s demanding world calls for a special kind of strength. This revealing book holds the key.

Have a tenacious, interpersonal day guided by your moral compass while you actively take decisive action!

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