10 Things You Can Do in the Next 10 Days to Improve Your Health
How’s your health? Absolutely perfect? How comfortable are you with
your level of fitness? If there are areas that need improvement,
here’s a plan.
Read one item from this list each day and work on incorporating it into your life. As you add new skills, don’t forget to keep up the lessons from the earlier days. These are subtle but important changes in perspective and behavior that will help you achieve vibrant health.
In “Enjoying Ultimate Health and Fitness” from Ultimate Destiny University, you will find a self-assessment and other exercises along with links to many great additional resources. They will help you make more complete and effective use of the 10 principles below.
1. Stop negative talk. Decide that today, and from here on, that you will never describe your body or your health in negative terms. Never again say, “I am sick and tired” or “look how fat I’ve gotten.” Unless you actually want to be sick and tired and fat, stop sending energy to those negative concepts.
2. Visualize. Take some time to form a mental picture of yourself in perfect physical health. How do you look? How does your body feel to you? What do people say to you about your new look? Develop the most complete picture you can of yourself in that condition, and return to that image often throughout the day.
3. Affirm. It’s not enough to just stop saying you’re sick; you must say that you are healthy. No matter what condition you are in at this moment, you have the power to claim a better condition. When you wake up in the morning, say aloud, “I am full of vitality as I begin my day.” As you drive, repeat, “I am slender and strong and healthy.” Before you retire at night, say aloud, “My body is comfortable and healthy as I prepare for sleep.” Draw energy to that perfect vision of yourself by describing your vision in words – out loud.
4. Pray. If you’re not a religious type, or not sure you believe in “God,” then choose your higher self, a higher power, Nature, guardian angels, or whatever you think is “out there.” Ask for help in three parts: a request, an affirmation and a thank-you. “Spirit, please help me lose weight. I am now slender and fit. Thank you, Spirit, for helping me become slender and fit.”
5. Write a goal. Begin with that perfect picture of yourself from Day #2, but expand it now. See yourself doing the things that perfectly healthy self would do, and write those things down. “I can climb the stairs effortlessly, I can play with my grandchildren without feeling tired, I can zip up my size 10 jeans without holding my breath.”
6. Write a plan. To get from where you are to where you want to be will require action. Figure out some of the steps on that path. Do you need to find an exercise partner? Join a dance class? See a weight-loss doctor? Find a cancer specialist? Choose one action plan and write down the first step. If you decide to join a dance class, the first step might be finding where a class is held and writing down the phone number you’ll call for more information.
7. Feel grateful. It might sound counter-intuitive to be “thankful” for good health when you’ve just been diagnosed with a health problem. But that attitude of gratitude will help draw good health to you. Thank your God, or life itself, that you are now free of illness, or that you are the ideal weight, full of energy and health. Imagine how grateful you will feel, and hold that feeling in your heart.
8. Forgive. This is a difficult step for many people, but it’s vital. Imagine: You will only have the level of success you wish for your worst enemy. If you now believe someone is to blame for your physical problem – a former spouse who smoked in the house, your parents who underfed you, the drunk driver who hit your car – find a way to believe that they were doing the best they could do at the time. If you’ve caused your own physical problems, forgive yourself, too. You did what you knew how to do then, and now you’re learning a better way.
9. Release the past. Tied to forgiving is the idea of letting go of what was. You don’t have to be the way you’ve always been. If you used to call yourself a “couch potato,” you’ve stopped that negative talk already. You’re already taking steps to be more active. Be willing to let go of the things that tied you to a life of inactivity, whether it was lazy friends or your personal bad habits. Break the pattern and forget how things were before. You are born anew.
10. Let joy in. Sometimes we become so accustomed to feeling ill, we forget to appreciate pain-free moments. When life seems to be giving us a break, we cower in fear of the pain coming back again. But to have joy in your life, you’re going to have to let yourself trust in joy, and believe you deserve it, and celebrate its arrival. Joy is always fleeting; recognize it when it comes and savor it fully. It will return more often.
You have now spent 10 days unlearning bad habits, learning good ones, and adding activities to your day. See if you can keep them up for another 10 days, and then perfect them in the 10 days after that. Pray, visualize and affirm every day. Watch what you say and think, and keep yourself positive. Forgive those who wrong you and feel grateful for the things that go right. Keep writing down your goals and action plans, and put those plans into action! When you catch yourself clinging to old ways, let them go. And let yourself feel good about it!
One month from today, you’ll be headed in a whole new direction – toward vibrant health and total well-being.
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