Of all the assets we possess in life, both tangible and intangible, your physical health is the one most important to you.
With it, you can enjoy the positives in your life to the limit, while meeting life’s difficulties and challenges with your best energy. Your physical health greatly affects your mental health, and the reverse is also true. There is nothing more important than feeling good physically, and knowing that you are healthy and fit.
In the last few decades, a great deal has been learned about the most important factors in health. There have been a number of inspiring discoveries by many people including T. Colin Campbell, John McDougall, Caldwell Esselstyn, Dean Ornish, and Neal Barnard. These scientists and doctors have synthesized an overall message that is becoming increasingly impressive with each new investigation and the resulting conclusions.
Their most prominent finding, from the decades of well-designed research, is that our physical health is almost entirely in our own hands. Healthy dietary choices, exercise, sufficient good quality sleep, and clean lifestyle habits are the keys to protecting or reclaiming good health – the very foundation of the good life.
The understanding of and insights in Esteem Dynamics are critical components in the process of how we make the good choices that affect our health, and conversely why we often succumb to poorer choices.
Life often makes us choose priorities that can be in conflict with our physical health. Time pressure, social pressure, enticing indulgences in lifestyle habits …. all of these elements can put up roadblocks to our continued good health. More than anything, health calls for balance. Health is quite a bit about the appropriate balance between protein, carbohydrate, fiber, and fat in our diet, and an appropriate balance between exercise and rest. Good health is also about getting enough quality sleep, and not taking on so many responsibilities that the anxieties of managing everyone else’s needs pushes our lives out of balance.
There are a number of reasons that challenge our pursuit of good health , and they all involve problems interwoven with man-made traps. Dopamine-stimulating inventions like cigarettes, potato chips, and ice cream, in concert with several self-destructive human tendencies, often conspire together to derail even the best laid and well-intentioned plans. These tendencies can be baffling without clear instruction, and the insights of Esteem Dynamics offers that instruction.
Have you ever found yourself determined to start a smart new diet or exercise program, but somehow simultaneously find yourself procrastinating getting it off the ground? This delay is caused by a tricky Esteem Dynamic we call “the ego trap”, wherein we delay trying our best in order to avoid looking foolish to ourselves and others. We’ll explore this trap in detail, and give you some surprisingly simple tools that can help you to defeat it.
The principles of Esteem Dynamics allow us to understand the motivations in our psyche that can disrupt our goals and cause untold suffering, often confounding our attempts to make better choices and improve our life experience and physical health.
I have found that building a better life is often best begun by setting a small simple goal for improvement in this basic domain. Knowing what choices are the best choices, and how to approach the process of making positive changes, is a fundamental component for charting a course toward greater health and happiness.