I was asked an important question this week on Twitter. It went as follows:
@joshbellblog what are thoughts on the relationship between proper nutrition and keeping fit with one’s ability to develop personally?
Now this is a very good question. Some of you may have seen the answer I gave on Twitter which was obviously brief, do to the character limitation. I thought that I would elaborate here.
There is a very important bond between the combination of nutrition and fitness and personal development. A big part of personal development is increasing awareness and being of a sound mind. However, one cannot be of a sound mind if they are not concerned with proper nutrition. Giving the body the nutrients that it needs can make the difference between a healthy and dynamic mind and a stale and stagnant mind. Virtually countless studies have shown the impact that a well-balanced diet can have on the brain, as well as the impact that a poor diet can have on the brain.
Obviously one’s diet impacts their body as well. The point of personal development is to become the best version of yourself that you can be. If a person struggles to carry out ordinary tasks because they are overweight, then is that person the best version of themselves?
This is why fitness is important as well. The point of fitness, exercise, or whatever you wish to call it, is to keep the body in shape. Proper nutrition, fitness, and personal development are a combination that will prepare you for success by allowing your mind, body, and consciousness to work together in harmony.
If we keep our mind and body in shape, and we maintain a high level of consciousness, then we will be more readily available to achieve success.
Wait, what’s that you say?
How this applies to our lives. Here comes the analogy. Wait for it…
Think of yourself as a drinking glass. Now take poor nutrition, poor fitness, and a lack of concern for personal development, and think of all of these things as mud. Imagine the glass being full of mud. Now imagine success as water. If your glass is already full of mud, what will happen if you try to pour water into it? The water will simply spill over and be wasted.
Obviously, we need to get the mud out of the glass to allow room for the water. How might we do that? We should embrace proper nutrition and fitness, combined with personal development to empty the glass of mud and make room for the water. We’re getting the barrier issues in our lives out of the way to create room for success. This is a very important concept, and the sooner that a person realizes it, accepts it, and puts it into practice, the sooner that person will achieve success.
This concept can obviously be applied more broadly to other things as well. If a person is overly stressed, that’s mud in the glass. If someone has a pill addiction, they’ve got mud in their glass. Perhaps you know someone whose primary concern in life is what the score was in last night’s football games. Guess what? Their glass has mud in it. We can all probably name someone who is too wrapped up in Facebook, drama, social agitation, etc. These people are glasses full of mud. We could obviously go on all day creating realistic examples and scenarios, but I think you get the point. Anything that consumes your time, mind, body, or a combination of the 3 which has a negative impact on your mind or body is simply filling your glass with mud.
This is a very important and relatively simple concept. Yet unfortunately, it seems lost on much of the general population. The sooner that folks begin to become more aware and finally realize this, the sooner they will begin to see success in their lives. I think that in general my readership consists of people who are past that point. They’re becoming aware and perhaps just need some guidance, so I hope that this helps you further increase your awareness and figure out if/how much mud is in your glass. Let’s work together to fill your glass with water. I wish success on all of you!