Importance of Healthy Routines
Most people want to be healthy, wealthy, and happy. My rich dad often said that there was a strong correlation between health and wealth. In order to be a healthy, wealthy and happy person, one must develop their mental IQ, physical IQ, emotional IQ, and spiritual IQ—a person’s ability to solve problems.
For example, a person with a low Mental IQ may have difficulty reading, writing, and solving math problems. It does not mean they are stupid, it just means they may need to learn to read, write, and do math. To accomplish that may require the person to call on their spiritual, emotional, and physical IQs, to find the discipline and determination to learn to read, write, and learn to solve math problems.
That is why having health, wealth, and happiness requires more than just reading a book and memorizing “right” answers like you would in school. Having health, wealth, and happiness requires a person to call on all four IQ categories.
This goes back to Dr. Fuller’s idea of unity. With be, do, have, there is unity. You can’t just have. You can’t just do. And you can’t just be. All aspects must work together, in a specific order, to achieve unity. It’s amazing that this principle can apply to so many areas of our lives, but it just solidifies how true it is. Once you accept that Dr. Fuller’s generalized principles are true in all cases, no exceptions, you have a whole new understanding of how the world works and how you can change and develop into the person you want to be.
For years, Kim and I have used this saying to guide our lives:
For things to change, first I must change.
For example, if we desire more abundance for our fellow human beings, we must first create more for ourselves and then BE more generous with what we HAVE. We do our best to share what we have learned—and what we have earned.
If Kim and I want more love, peace, and happiness in the world, then we begin by being more loving and peaceful and seek happiness with each other. This requires us to call on and strengthening all four of our IQs and starting change in the home.
If Kim and I want more legal, ethical, and moral business partners and business relationships, it requires Kim and me to be more legal, ethical, and moral with ourselves.
If it were not for the healthy routines that Kim and I have practiced over the years, none of this would be possible.
My Daily Routines
I’ve told you before about a mental rough patch I experienced a few years ago. I was depressed, and there was no logical reason for it—I had a great marriage, a great company, great people to work with. I had it all…except for happiness. I didn’t feel the spark to make more money, because I had enough (and still was depressed). I wasn’t motivated to go to the gym. I just felt stuck.
What I discovered was that I had to rethink how I approached happiness, and I had to focus on personal development. Somewhere along the way, that had become neglected, and I was reaping the consequences. I had to admit that I needed to change. And anyone else going through a similar situation must do the same. Whether it’s making money, losing weight, becoming a better person—whatever your goal—it’s not enough to just wish that you could change your life. You have to be brave enough to actually do it.
This is why I begin my day with these crucial practices:
- I read Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod,
- I meditate with Holosync (meditations from The Holosync Solution by Bill Harris)
- I engage in light wake-up exercises (about 10 minutes)
- And I read spiritual books such as Awareness, Stillness, Rules for a Knight, Happiness Advantage, Second Opinion, Untethered Soul, Tribal Leadership, and others, a few minutes, first thing every morning
I begin my morning with those four simple steps—BEFORE I even start my to-do list for the day.
It’s very important to note that my four steps are easy to DO. Participating in the four steps is the DO, the bridge between BE and HAVE.
Why Is ‘BEING’ more Important than ‘DOING’?
To evolve, there needs to be a “change of being,” a growth of spirit, often synonymous with willpower. You must be able to “do” what entrepreneurs do in order to “have” wealth. And that starts with a change of being.
Once you’re at that point of “BE-ing”, your mindset must spiritually grow from “I want job security and a steady paycheck” to “I want my professional freedom and financial independence.”
The employee’s spiritual power must grow to be able to handle the stress and complexities of the personal development required for an entrepreneur.
Being a person who does the four steps every morning, I have improved my mental IQ, physical IQ, emotional IQ, and spiritual IQ. As a result, I have adopted the traits to BE an entrepreneur, I DO what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, and I HAVE more health, wealth, and happiness because of it.
The only way someone will find out if the four steps process has the power to produce miracles in their life is to be a person who does the process every morning for at least two years or until it becomes a habit.
That’s how long it took me to have more miracles in my life.
If you do not think the four steps will work for you, then it will not work for you. As Henry Ford once said:
“If you think you can… you can.
If you think you can’t… you can’t.
Either way, you are right.”
How to Measure Your Health
I define wealth as the number of days you can survive without working, while still maintaining your standard of living. More specifically, wealth is measured in time more than money. For example, if you had $5,000 in savings and your monthly expenses were $1,000 a month, your wealth would be 5 months.
The same is true with health. If you are healthy, you have years ahead of you. But if your health begins to deteriorate, then your time on this earth diminishes. So health and wealth can be measured relative to time.
Another measurement of health and wealth is recovery time. For example, if you go for a physical examination, the medical examiner may ask to take your resting heart rate and then put you on a treadmill to get your heart rate up. After attaining an elevated heart rate, the examiner then measures how fast it takes your body to recover to the resting heart rate. That is called recovery time. The same is true with surgery. If a person is healthy, the recovery time is short. If the person is physically weak, the recovery time may take longer.
When you look at the health problems of millions of people today, many are suffering because they are eating fast food that tastes good, is extensively advertised, well packaged, and easy to buy. Rich dad’s concern was that the Western world would not only have a health problem caused by too much fast junk food, but also a wealth problem caused by too much fast junk investments.
When I meet unhappy, unsuccessful, unhealthy, unwealthy, and unfulfilled people, I believe their pain is the pain of regret. They lack the discipline to push through their pain, doing what they need to do, to get to the other side of their pain. Rather than doing what they do not want to do, but know they need to do, many trade the short-term pain of discipline for the long-term pain of regret. Rather than go through their pain now, many want the easy answer, the magic pill, and the pain-free formula that will get them to the next level of life.
Editor, Rich Dad Poor Dad Daily