By Brian Tracy
You may have a thousand different goals
over the course of your lifetime, but they all will fall into one of
four basic categories. Everything you do is an attempt to enhance the
quality of your life in one or more of these areas.
The first category is your desire for
want to love and be loved by others. You want to have a happy,
harmonious home life. You want to get along well with the people
around you, and you want to earn the respect of the people you
The second category is your desire for
interesting and challenging work. You want to make a good living, of
course, but more than that, you want to really enjoy your occupation
The third category is your desire for
You want to be free from worries about money. You want to have enough
money in the bank so that you can make decisions without counting your
pennies. You want to achieve a certain financial state so that you can
retire in comfort and never have to be concerned about whether or not
you have enough money to support your lifestyle.
The fourth category is your desire for
to be free of pain and illness and to have a continuous flow of energy
and feelings of well being.
The common denominator of these four
goals, and the essential requirement for achieving each of them, is a
high level of energy. The achievement of even a small amount of
success in any one of these areas requires the development and
expenditure of energy. Energy is a critical fuel and the one
ingredient without which no other accomplishment is possible.
Building and sustaining your energy
level is imperative. Since your energy is central to everything you
accomplish, you should be very sensitive to things that either build
or deplete it. Here are six keys to building and maintaining a high
level of energy and vitality:
extra weight on your body is like carrying a pack loaded with bricks
on your back — uphill. Excess weight tires you out. It taxes your
heart, your lungs, and your muscles. Extra weight forces your body to
burn up more energy than it normally would just to maintain life and
The foods you eat have a tremendous impact on your energy level
throughout the day. Changes in your diet can make you feel fresher,
more alive, more alert, and filled with greater vitality than you can
more regularly you exercise, the more energy you have, the better you
feel, and the longer you will live. Regular exercise enhances your
digestion, reduces the number of hours that you need to sleep, and
increases your vitality in the physical, mental, and emotional realms.
rest and recreation.
On average, you need seven to eight hours of good, solid sleep each
night. Some people can get by on less. But you should plan and
organize your evenings so that you are “early to bed and early to
rise.” Remember, nature demands balance in all things. If you are
going to work hard during the day, you must take time off to rest and
recuperate in the evenings and on the weekends.
By breathing, I mean deep diaphragmatic breathing, where you fill your
lungs to the count of 10, hold to the count of 10, and then exhale to
the count of 10. If you do this seven to 10 times, two or three times
per day, you will be amazed at how much fresher and more relaxed you
Positive Mental Attitude seems to go hand in hand with great
achievement and success in every walk of life. The more positive you
are, the more energy you have. The more positive you are, the happier
you are. The more positive you are, the more positive are the people
and situations you attract into your life. The more positive you are,
the easier it seems for you to get the cooperation of other people.
The more positive you are, the more effectively you perform.
Everything that you do counts in some
way. Nothing is neutral. Everything either helps you or hurts you.
Everything either adds up or takes away. Everything either propels you
toward your goal or moves you away from it. Everything counts.
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