Urgent Changes to Make in Your Vocabulary Today (for Health and Happiness)

There’s a saying that goes like this “If you want to change the world, then change yourself first”. It’s taken me many years of zen-like contemplation to actually appreciate how true that message is. While people are usually complaining of the state of modern health care, they are also walking around complaining of their own aches and pains. How is this any blueprint to help fix the bigger problem? People love giving advice, but if they are not even following it themselves then maybe it is time to stop worrying about everyone else, and fix ourselves first.

Excuses need to go, pure and simple. Those we call “successful” don’t use them, so why do we think it is ok if we do? Sometimes it’s our outlook that is the real problem, not anything else. So in the steps to find our own inner peace and success, take these words out of your own vocabulary and then you will be able to help others do the same.

#1 – Get rid of: “It must be because I am getting old”

Do you call this part of "getting old"? I certainly do not...and Jack Lalanne might agree.

Do you call this a natural part of "getting old"? I certainly do not...and Jack Lalanne might agree.

Recently I had a friend of mine who was complaining about his knee pain at 40 as he popped 6 Advil and I jokingly said “Oh you are getting old”. Then I stopped myself and thought “Wait a minute, that is BS….it’s not age, it’s the fact that his body is not in balance for optimal health”. So if you find yourself saying the “aches and pains” are just a natural part of getting old, time to stop and realize that it is NOT natural. There is nothing natural about increased inflammation and joint pain. There is nothing natural about someone’s memory going as they get old. There is nothing natural about sexual impotence in your 40s. These are all signs that the body isn’t working correctly and steps need to be taken. But first we need to stop thinking that getting older means we have to experience these problems. There are many people who are still sharp as a tack, energetic and have no need for pain killers in their later years. As an old saying goes “It’s ok to get older….just don’t age in the process”.

Instead say: “My body must be out of whack, time to get it back in tune to my optimal state of health”


#2 – Get rid of: “There’s a bug going around”

This will always be around you...so better get your immune system working right, or you are the one to blame.

This will always be around you...so better get your immune system working right, or you are the one to blame.

We’ve all heard this one in one place or another (work, school, etc). If people get sick, well it must be the virus and have nothing to do with our built in defense mechanisms otherwise known as an immune system. Guess I’ll just go get a shot or antibiotics to kill off the bad bug and get on with life. It is sad the general public thinks like that, but it does. How about instead of saying “it must be something going around” that instead we think “my immune system must be compromised, time to get it back to optimal function”. Stop blaming some virus for what may be things in your life (wrong foods, negative lifestyle habits) bringing down your natural defenses. The bugs will always be out there, and there will be new ones every year threatening us. Either you have the best defense possible or you are just going to allow yourself to be taken advantage of. Don’t blame the bug, time to blame yourself and your daily actions.

Instead say: “My immune system must be compromised, time to take steps to strengthen it”


#3 – Get rid of: “I’m this way because of my genes”

Meet idential 24yr twins Otto and Ewald. One trained for distance events, the other for power. Think genes are still to blame?

Meet idential 24yr twins Otto and Ewald. One trained for distance events, the other for power. Think genes are still to blame for putting on muscle? Stop using the "hardgainer" excuse for not doing the right things in the first place.

I would like to thank most of modern medicine for this cop out. With billions of dollars being spent and thousands of man hours invested by people with more degrees than I can count, our solution to most diseases….is….”Oh, it’s just in your genetics”. Heaven forbid we take some sort of preventive lifestyle to keep our genes from going in the wrong direction. People need to realize the power that our eating and lifestyle have on our genetic expression. If you have 2 twins, and one gets cancer…does that mean the other has to as well? No of course not, as each can be living 2 different lives with different hormonal messengers from their overall lifestyle. We all have the genetic capability for cancer, it’s just whether or not we tell our body to switch them on or not that we can control of every day.

Instead say: “I have control over my genetic expression and will take a preventative lifestyle approach”


#4 – Get rid of: “Yeah I wish things were different, but….”

Don't call other people lucky for doing what they love, they are just like you excpet they took steps to make it happen.

Don't call other people lucky for getting to a place you want to be, as they are no more special than you other than they took steps to make it happen. No excuses, just action.

This could be with you work/job, hours spent with other commitments, how much time you spend with your kids, how you eat and where you get it, how much time to spend outdoors or exercising. I don’t care what your excuses are…they are just excuses. If you don’t like something….change it or quit whining about it. Anyone can change their job, anyone can move to a different state, anyone can stop doing so much inorder to spend more time with family, anyone can make time for simple exercise, anyone can find ways to eat healthier. Dump the excuses and just take action to make a change now. It doesn’t have to be perfect all the time, happen all overnight, or in a week…but just start making the right changes knowing where you want to be in a month, 6 months or year. Otherwise you will be in the same spot one year from now complaining about the same things and making the same excuses. If you hear someone else say this, then encourage them to do something about it today….or go find someone else to whine to. There’s a difference between encouragement and useless wasted energy. I challenge you to know what you want to do and make it happen. I know you can….but the question becomes do you know you can too? If you say “yes” then there is nothing to stop you.

Instead say: “I can and will make changes to better my life…starting right now”


#5 – Get rid of: “But my doctor says I need to….”

If your medical professional is overweight and on meds, why do you think they would be a good source of info for health? Maybe they need to change themselves first.

If your medical professional is overweight and on meds, why do you think they would be a good source of info for health? Maybe they need to change themselves first before they start telling others what to do.

As much as doctors get a lot of schooling and are very smart people when it comes to medical terminology, does that mean they always know what is best for proper lifestyle approaches to getting and staying healthy? Sadly the case may be “not quite”. Your full dependency on doctors to dictate your health is a dangerous move, especially when there are those that may be misinformed about correct eating habits and rely more on pharmaceutical solutions for everything. This is not to say all doctors are like this, but people need to stop farming out all decisions to them. I can’t tell you how many people I talk to that use that line, when I just want people to question everything he/she has to say and then get the right answer for yourself. Become a team working together, not just believing 100% of what he/she says because they have a certain piece of paper on the wall. You can partner up with your doctor, but don’t let them take over 100% control over everything you do…that is like giving random teenagers the keys to your car and hoping it comes back in one piece!

Instead say: “I am going to do my own research and find out what is best for my health, and then partner up with my doctor”


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