wise words by one of the best, Jim Rohn – treat your body like a temple, not a woodshed

No matter how many books I read or audio lectures I listen to I always seem to come back to the teachings of Jim Rohn. I realize not everyone feels the same way but for me, he’s one of the three men I accredit to changing my life that I discuss in my book, iSucceed: secrets for the average joe and jane.

He wasn’t the person who got me into self-development nor the second but since I started studying his material I put him in a class all by himself.

One of the quotes he’s famous for saying is, “Treat your body like a temple, not a woodshed.” One we take good care of, the other we could care less about.

He went on to say that, “some people don’t do well, because they don’t feel well.”

This really hit home for me.

Every opportunity that exists has both mental and physical demands which is why we must not only work on developing our minds but also ensuring that our body can handle the rigors we put it through.

Each day, from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep, our body is working hard for us. It carries us where we want to go, it helps us complete the tasks we set ourselves, it does all the dirty work that our mind asks it to.

And what do many people do in return for all its efforts – fill it with alcohol, fast food, potato chips, cigarettes, Coke, and candies while at the same time demand more and more out of it.

It’s no wonder that one day many people wake up to find that their body has thrown in the towel.

If our bodies could talk, on those days they might say something like, “No more. Leave me here. Go on without me.”

Whether we like our bodies or not, they’re all we have.

That’s why we should all take the time to learn how to keep them in prime condition.

I don’t mean you have to go out and run a marathon but you should be able to at least walk around the block without fainting.

And the great thing is that it doesn’t take much to keep our bodies happy. Here are 5 simple habits to get into:

  • Exercise 10-15 minutes a day
  • Eat healthy food
  • Cut down on junk food
  • Get a massage
  • Getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night

I find these especially true the older I get. My body used to be able devour anything with no repercussions. But around the age 30 my body changed. I would feel lethargic, bloated, weak…doing the things I had always done…I had to face the fact that I was no longer young.

By simply making a few changes in my eating habits and adopting a basic exercise program I was surprised how much better I felt.

As part of my exercise program I recently decided to take up Yoga, something I never thought I’d do.

Nothing too strenuous, just nice and easy.

Like a car, the older our body is, the more care it needs.

Being 37 years young I hope I have plenty of mileage left on mine but why leave things to chance?!

It’s my body so if my body is struggling with the day to day activities of life, there’s only one place to look for the culprit – in the mirror.

On this site I spend most of my time discussing ideas to help develop our minds but I would be amiss if I didn’t talk about how we keep our minds capable of achievement.

To be able to keep our minds sharp, we must ensure that the body is strong.

It doesn’t take much, and it isn’t hard.

It just takes a little discipline.

I’m off to do some stretches.

Adrian Shepherd

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