Stop Destroying Your Most Prized Possession…
Here’s a question everyone can answer pretty easily:
What is your DREAM car?
I don’t mean the minivan you wound up driving because you had no choice or the daily driver sedan that suffers the slings and arrows of your long commute.
I mean the car you salivate over. The one you’d love to be behind the wheel of.
Some people want something flashy like a Ferrari. Others want the understated elegance of an Aston Martin.
And others still want a good old American classic, like a 1965 Shelby GT350.
Whatever you picked, let’s say you had that vehicle. It’s sitting in your driveway right now.
How would you feel if you had it? And how would you treat this cherished automobile?
You’d probably keep it garaged and protected from the elements.
You’d use the proper fuel for it and never risk going for something lesser just because regular is cheaper than premium.
You’d take it out and enjoy pushing it almost to its limit but never to the point where you’d break it.
And if – God forbid – something did happen to that car, you’d do everything in your power to return it to a pristine condition.
Now, imagine this scenario. Imagine you find out that this car is the only car you’ll have, and you’ve got to drive and maintain it for the rest of your life.
You’d probably be pretty glad you did all that upkeep work since the beginning, right? And you’d do whatever it took to make sure it still ran like a top even after years and years of use.
Because you took care of it, this car would serve you better than any other possession you ever had.
Now, if you heard about someone else with this same vehicle putting in cheap fuel, scratching the wheels on curbs, letting the upholstery get stained and saggy, driving it without oil until the engine burned out, you’d probably think that person was nuts.
You’d wonder why on Earth they’d take something so wonderful just to be careless and ruin it.
When you compared your well-maintained vehicle to the result of their slovenly apathy, you’d shake your head in disbelief. Don’t they know they could have had something great indefinitely?
Now come back to reality.
What’s the one thing that’s already in your possession that’s just like this fantastic dream vehicle?
I’ll tell you. It’s your life, and more specifically, your body and mind.
Your Body and Health Over Everything
The body you’re in right now is the only one you’re ever going to have. It is your vehicle for any place you want to go and anything you want to do in life. For the most part, this vehicle does just about everything you ask of it.
When you were born, it was pretty close to perfect, and from young adulthood on, every choice you made could either help keep your vehicle in great shape, or it could cause damage. (Obviously, childhood is a factor, too, but most health and wellness decisions aren’t yours to make when you’re very small.)
So many of us make the wrong decisions when it comes to maintaining our vehicle, and then when something goes wrong, we’re astonished and dismayed at this outcome.
“What do you mean I have high blood pressure?”
“I’m too young to have a heart attack!”
“Why is my back going out on me again – this is ridiculous!”
We put our bodies and minds through decades of stress, abuse, bad food, deficits in movement and sleep, and we ingest literal poisons like cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol, and then we wonder why we’re in such poor health later in life.
It seems pretty crazy when you think about it that way, doesn’t it?
What if, instead of being upset at our bodies for the natural decline caused by our bad prior decisions, we make a commitment to care for them like the dream vehicles they actually are?
In my conversation with Dr. Daniel Stickler recently, he shared that no matter where you are in the health continuum, the body and mind can be steadily improved over time with the right care.
Take Control of Your Long Term Health
If you haven’t seen my London Real episode with him yet, Dr. Stickler is a medical doctor, a speaker, and a pioneer in the field of epigenetics. He believes – and is proving – that humans can be optimized. In his work at The Apeiron Center for Human Potential, he’s showing that we can take control of our long term health and ultimately our destiny.
This is fantastic news. Unlike an old car that becomes irreparably damaged after abuse and disuse, when it comes to your body and mind, there’s always something you can do to improve.
Dr. Stickler breaks wellness down into seven specific areas. Those areas are sleep, stress, cognitive function, hormones, nutrition, movement, supplementation, and environmental exposure.
Look at what you’re doing in each of these areas. Where can you improve? If you’re like most people, you can easily think of more than one thing right off the top of your head.
Even something as basic as, “Quit smoking,” or, “Start taking vitamins” is a positive step on the wellness continuum. Just one change like that can add years to your life – and they can be strong, healthy, vibrant years at that.
You’re never too old to make a change, and you’re never too old or tired or fat or unwell to get better. This doesn’t have to be hard – it’s just a series of small changes and a dedication to wellness and continual self-improvement.
What will you do differently today, tomorrow, and the next day to take care of your mind and body as well as you’d care for any other dream vehicle? How will you make choices that will support your current and future health instead of destroying it?
Fitness, nutrition, supplements, mindset… You can start with whatever aspect you’d like – just get started today.
Editor, Brian Rose Uncensored