Success Pillar 2 - Live A Life of Total Wellness June 30, 2007Posted by admin in : success university, personal development , trackback
From the desk of Damien Dupont
As a Success University member, every month I receive an audio CD as well as a DVD shipped to me along with SU’s monthly “Success Express” newsletter.
In May 2007, the audio CD included was Jim Rohn’s and Chris Widener’s “Twelve Pillars of Success”.
This is the second of five posts which I am writing, in sequence, as my personal summary and review of the first five pillars of Jim Rohn’s “12 Pillars of Success”. They are set in the same context of Jim and Chris’ story about two fictional characters, Michael and Charlie, whom they use to illustrate the 12 fundamental principles to achieve Success in Life. Their story is also available in novel form.
If you wish to read my review from the first post, just click the following link: Success Pillar 1 was entitled “Work harder on yourself than on your job“.
Now let’s get into Success Pillar 2: Live a Life of Total Wellness…
Three weeks had passed since the day Michael’s car broke down near the estate where Charlie works. Michael knew that he was going to be passing that way again, so he had called Charlie’s workshop number to ask if it was Ok for him to drop in for a chat, something which Charlie had welcomed.
Michael realised that his car breaking down that day had in fact been a blessing in disguise. It had allowed him to catch a glimpse of a life akin to what had once been his own dream, but now seemed so far out of his reach. His dream had been rekindled as a result of his meeting with Charlie, as Charlie shared his encouraging words and revealed some of the principles behind Mr Davis’ success.
Meeting and listening to Charlie that day had been a catalyst for Michael to start to realise that he had let life, its various challenges and the demands on his time to support himself and his family, get the better of him.
He had let himself slip into a rut. Instead of taking responsibility for his own progress and situation, he had allowed himself to settle for mediocrity, and had developed a habit of blaming circumstances for his fate.
Since that day Michael had decided that it was time for him to make some changes in his life, to set some targets for himself and to start to grow again. He had written out ten things the he wanted to change about his life, and that he knew he could achieve if he was disciplined and worked on himself.
He looked at his list everyday now, and tried to make progress on at least one of the items each day. These were only small steps, but they were setting him in the right direction, which was more than he had done for himself for years.
Upon reaching Mr Davis estate, Michael found that the gate had been left open just as Charlie had said it would be. He pulled in the driveway and spotted Charlie working the garden to the right of the house.
He parked his car in one of the spots next to Charlie’s workshop and walked over to him, briefly looking back at the house wondering if he might catch a glimpse of the Davis family.
Charlie greeted him: “Good to see you Michael. You don’t mind if I carry on with the gardening whilst we chat do you?”.
“Not at all” replied Michael. “I have a meeting this afternoon which was going to bring me by your way, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to drop in and say hello. Also, I’ve been thinking about some of the things we spoke about last time”.
Michael continued, “You know… I have come to realise that I have been settling for second best in my life, and that I had kind of given up on my dreams. Seeing Mr Davis’ estate and listening to you talk about some of his principles has made me realise that I can do more with my life, and so I’ve decided to make some changes.”
“Well that’s great to hear Michael. I agree that seeing what others have achieved can be a powerful motivator for us to seek to realise our own dreams”.
“Yes, that’s right Charlie. But in particular, I was really encouraged by your sharing Mr Davis’ first pillar of success. I was wondering if it would be possible for us to get together from time to time, and if you don’t mind, if you could share with me the other eleven pillars of success that you said Mr Davis lives by? I assume you know them off by heart by the way you were talking the other day?”.
“Well heck I’d be happy to do that, and yes I do know them pretty well. But what is just as important as the principles themselves is also the need to implement and take action on what you learn as you go. Have you taken any action on what we shared the other week?”.
“Indeed I have. I wrote out a list of tens things that I want to change about my life, and I’ve started making some inroads into making these changes”.
“That’s great to hear Michael. How much time do you have to spare today?” “I have about 30mins today before I need to get to my next appointment”. “Ok then. I’ll be happy to share the next two of Mr Davis’ pillars with you today then”.
“Mr Davis second pillar of success is called Total Wellbeing. Mr Davis is an advocate of what he calls three dimensional health. He believes that we are all made up of three parts: our body, our soul and our spirit”.
“Our soul is comprised of our intellect, our emotions, as well as our will. Our spirit, of course, is the part of us that is eternal and that will transcend this world”.
“Many people tend to focus on improving in just one area of wellbeing, if at all. Some people are focussed on keeping fit and healthy, and will do their best to eat a healthy diet and to exercise most days”.
“Some people are keen learners, always reading and improving their knowledge, but neglecting their physical health. Yet others may be very focussed on their spiritual health, regularly attending church, bible studies and home groups, yet neglecting their physical health or their learning in other areas”.
“Mr Davis believes that all of these three areas of our wellbeing are inter-connected and inter-dependent, and that we need to work on each of these areas to be in balance in order for us to be as effective as possible”.
“Are you looking after all three areas of your wellbeing Michael?”.
Michael looked down at his belly and chuckled: “I could exercise a little bit more, but I think I’m in reasonable shape. As for reading, well… I have to admit I don’t do much of that. Most days after work I like to sit down and watch TV for a few hours to unwind before I go to bed. I guess I watch quite a bit of TV on weekends too”.
“Hmm… well that’s not going to help you too much”, Charlie added light-heartedly. “What about your spiritual life?” Charlie continued.
There was a pause as Michael looked at the ground. “Well, to be honest I don’t do much with that”. Michael was feeling a little bothered. Charlie continued: “Well Mr Davis believes that this is also important; in fact that it should have the highest priority of the three.”
“Mr Davis equates total wellbeing to that of a three layered onion. The central layer is your spiritual wellbeing, with the intermediate layer being your intellect and emotions, and the outer layer being your physical wellbeing. Each layer is only as strong as the layer upon which it rests, and your spiritual layer is at the core”.
“Does this makes sense”, Charlie asked. “Yes it does” Michael responded, “I’m just not sure where to start with that one”. Charlie suggested “What about making a start by revisiting your roots. Did your family have any spiritual background when you were growing up?”.
“Yeah, sure did. My folks used to take us to church every Sunday”.
“Great”, Charlie replied, “Well, why don’t you make a start there, and also read some material that will help build your spiritual life. You could start with the Bible, and include some other books to build on that. How about your physical wellbeing?”.
“Err… well, it’s kind of hard to fit much into my busy schedule”, Michael replied.
“You need to fit in some regular physical activity Michael, even if it’s only thirty minutes a day. Your body needs it, and will reward you for it over the long-term”.
“Exercising regularly will help eliminate toxins from your body, will help you sleep better and will leave you with more energy to get things done. Not including frequent and regular exercise will be counter-productive to your overall progress Michael”.
“Why not suggest to your wife that you both go on a nightly half hour walk? It’s a good way to spend some quality uninterrupted time together at the end of the day, and you’ll both benefit physically!”.
“Mr Davis always says that we need to take good care of our body, because it’s the only place we have to live”.
“I can’t argue with that”, Michael said, glancing down at his watch and realising that he only had 10mins left. He would have liked to have spent more time.
“Charlie, unfortunately I only have about ten minutes before I need to get going for my next appointment. Are you able to share success pillar number three with me today?”.
“I’d be happy to do that”, Charlie responded. “Mr. Davis’ third pillar of success is all about the gift of relationships”.
Click the following link to navigate to Jim Rohn’s Third Success Pillar: The Gift of Relationships
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