(Thriving in the New Normal) The Winning Formula - Health / Body / Mind / Expertise - Ravin S. Papiah
9th September 2021
Season 6 – Show 10
Building YOU to BUILD your BUSINESS!
Season 6 – Thriving in the New Normal
Show – The Winning Formula: Health / Body / Mind / Expertise
Theme – WANNA WIN?
Talking Points – Focus on the MAGIC!
Welcome to the TENTH show of Season 6 ‘Building YOU to BUILD your BUSINESS’ with Ravin Papiah!
WELCOME to the TENTH Show of Season 6!
If you are not Aware, You Are Nowhere! Ravin S. Papiah
AS USUAL, I am really excited for today’s show – Why? Because today I will AGAIN be talking about YOU! Yes, YOU! The Good YOU, The Amazing YOU, the Incredible YOU!
Every time people meet with me, they ask me ONE question: Ravin, how do we become successful? Well, while the meaning and definition of SUCCESS is not the SAME for every person, there are some basic attributes that can definitely lead everyone to THEIR successes. For me, it’s a MAGIC FORMULA – Take care of your Health and Body and DEVELOP your MIND & EXPERTISE!
IN TODAY’S SHOW, We are going to talk about these four fundamentals in achieving any kind of success in life, whether it is professional or personal.
In order to be at your PEAK in your PASSION, you need to be at your peak in your ENERGY reserves. Are you always feeling ENERGETIC? Do you feel like you can conquer the highest mountains? Do you feel like to can eat the world’s BIGGEST problem at breakfast? That’s the kind of ENERGY you want to have…..
SEGMENT ONE – Take care of your HEALTH
Health is our all-important topic. When we look at health, we look in the context of humans consisting of three distinct parts or layers: the Body—the physical nature; the Soul—the mind, will and emotions; and the Spirit—the part of us that transcends this world and communes with God.
Our spiritual life is what gives us the foundation for living and provides the strength we need for everything else. Our Soul, the second layer, is the “intangible” part of us. You can’t touch it but it is there, and not only is it there but it is what drives most of whom and what we are! Then finally, our Body, the outermost layer, is the physical shell that houses our soul and spirit. All of these are intricately connected and affect each another.
In today’s Show, we are going to look at the emotional part of health and the Physical part. On another day, we will share about our spiritual health.
As I think through this idea of Emotional Health, there are three main areas: the mind or intellect, the will, and the emotions. These three facets make up the inner life of humans and are a major driving force in who we are, what we do and what we accomplish. We will look at the mind in Segment 3. Let's take a look at the Will and the Emotions.
The will is certainly one of the most mysterious and fascinating creations ever! We talk about will “power” and yet many can’t even explain or define it. The will can’t be taken out and poured in a beaker, and yet we know it exists and is integral to success and achievement. For our definition, we will say it is the part of us that is the strength of our self-determination. The will is what determines whether we act or not. It is our center of resolve and choice.
I believe the will is something that must be exercised in order to become strong. You can have a weak or a strong will and the determining factor is how often you use it. The ways in which it is exercised, combined with the frequency with which you use it, will determine how strong it becomes. Those who float with the winds of life and make few or no decisions have weak wills. When they need to use willpower they will have none. Those who regularly exercise it to make good, strong decisions will be able to hold fast and be strong and decisive when a major act of the will is needed. Whether it is the power to refrain from something that may not be good for you or the power to choose to do something you know will be in your best interest but are fearful of doing, a strong, highly exercised will can carry you through.
Let’s look at an analogy. If a person works out physically on a regular basis and slowly builds up the amount of weight they can lift, they will be strong enough to handle a crisis that would call for heavy lifting. If a log falls on the legs of a person for example, you want someone who is physically strong to be there. A person who is physically weak will be of no help at that moment. You cannot develop physical strength in a moment’s time. The same is true with strength of will. It is trained, it is strengthened and it is developed.
When you do so, it becomes a powerful force of support in your life for success.
Emotions... what an incredible weight they carry in our lives. Sadness, fear, joy, anger, love, gratitude, peace, happiness... all of these are part of the almost immeasurable landscape we call human emotions. From the joy and wonderment of magical moments, like the birth of a child, to the intense sense of sorrow, regret and loss that can accompany the death of a loved one, emotions are at the very core of our existence. They are what provide the “spice of life,” as they say. They are a major piece of what we are and what we become.
“Don’t be emotional.” Have you ever heard that? Have you ever said that? The problem with that statement is that it is entirely impossible. We are, by our very nature, emotional beings. We are intended to be emotional. What most people mean when they use that phrase is, “Get your emotions under control.” Now that would be good advice. We are supposed to have emotions. We are supposed to feel things. In my seminars you’ve heard me teach that our emotions need to be as educated as our intellect because it is important to know how to feel, how to respond and how to let life in so that it can touch us. Our emotions will either serve or master, depending on who is in charge. And when we have our emotions under control, they will be a powerful tool in driving us to accomplish amazing things!
The key is balanced emotions. You see, some people are virtually emotionless and that will not serve them well. Emotions can be a powerful fuel for us. The idea is to stay in balance with our emotions, to feel strongly and passionately but not get out of control. We would be wise to measure our emotions and intelligently manage them. You see, the trick is to let our emotions be a key factor in what drives us, but not the primary factor—to let our emotions be tempered and balanced with our mind.
Think of the unique and powerful blend of emotions, will and intellect that drove some of the major accomplishments of history:
- The compassion of Mother Teresa drove her to dedicate her life to caring for the poor of Calcutta.
- The passion of Martin Luther King Jr. drove him to be a beacon of hope and awareness and to help usher in the civil rights movement in America in the 1960s.
- The courage of the allied forces in World War II drove them to stand up to Adolf Hitler and his evil desires of world conquest.
There are so many other examples, but the point is clear: Emotions can and should be a vital yet balanced part of what drives us to accomplish great things.
Now a word of caution: Unbridled emotion can lead us nowhere and oftentimes much worse, to places we don’t want to go. But controlled emotions, governed by the will and focused by the mind, are at the heart of achievement and success.
The emotional life is something to be diligent in your development and care. If you make it healthy, it will take you farther than you could ever imagine.
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SEGMENT TWO – Take care of your BODY
The body is a fantastic gift, a physical masterpiece that is ours for life. It grows, develops and is the vehicle with which we go through our entire lives. You only get one body, and it’s important to make the most of it. This is why it is so important for us to take the issue of physical health seriously. The body is in a natural state of decay, and it is our job as stewards of our body to treat it well and keep it in tip-top physical shape, which can help delay the process of aging significantly. With proper care, our bodies can stay finely tuned.
Especially with the medical advancements available to us in this generation, we can experience the longest life spans in the history of mankind. Today, one of the fastest-growing segments of society is the 80 years and older group! The average lifespan for both men and women living in the United States is now in the mid-to-late 70s. Incredible!
One of the key aspects of keeping our bodies fit is the nutritional aspect. Now, before we go further, let me say that the following advice should not be taken as specific medical or nutritional advice—you should see your physician for that and create a plan specific to your needs and lifestyle—instead, these are general guidelines for leading a physically fit lifestyle as it relates to nutrition. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some specific guidelines for physical health as it relates to nutrition.
Get Back to the Basics
There are two parts to physical health. We all know them, and together we could all say in unison: “Eat right and exercise!” Physical health, in its simplest form, comes down to these two basics: Eat right and exercise. Simply put, we must eat right. At its essence, this is a key that is pretty simple to monitor. We all have a basic understanding of what it means to eat right. Pick one of the following as a good versus not-so-good choice for a snack: A handful of nuts or a candy bar? For dessert: A small portion of fruit or a pint of ice cream? We all know what it means to “eat right.” It is a simple concept, and it’s one we would benefit greatly to focus on.
A good analogy to help put this issue of nutrition into perspective would be to think of your body as a vehicle. Now, imagine for a moment that you had worked hard and had been able to save enough money to buy the car of your dreams. Maybe it is a fine luxury car that costs $100,000. You love every aspect of it. It gets you where you want to go, and it gets you there in style! Now, after driving for a few hours, you know you will run out of fuel, so you turn to the owner’s manual and find it tells you that you need to use unleaded fuel. Would you then go fill up the car with diesel? It wouldn’t run right if you did. It wasn’t designed for diesel. In reading the owner’s manual, you would also see a recommended grade of fuel in order for the car to run at its most efficient level. There will be an octane suggestion; it might be 89. Now, the car could probably run on 87 octane, but not as well as on 89. So you would put in 89 octane. You must fuel the vehicle properly. The same is true with our bodies! We are designed to run on good fuel. There are other fuels we can put into our bodies, but they won’t run as efficiently if we do.
Most of the time, people tend to eat what they eat because they want something that tastes good at the moment—instant gratification. What would happen if we began to eat not what we crave, but what our body needs for fuel? It would revolutionize our physical health. If we begin to view our bodies with the “body as a vehicle” analogy and the need to fuel it properly, we will find our bodies respond by running better, more efficiently and for longer periods of time. That sounds good to me! Start to think of your body as a vehicle that needs to be fueled properly.
Consult with a Physician or Dietitian
I would strongly encourage you to have a visit with someone who is an expert in the area of nutrition. Sit down with your physician or dietitian and go over your nutritional plan. You might say, “But Ravin, I am not overweight. I am in good shape.” I would encourage you to visit with your health care professional anyway. Just because you aren’t overweight doesn’t mean you can’t improve your nutrition, which will in turn improve your health.
Take in a Healthy Supply of Good, Nutritional Fuel
Unlike the vehicle we drive, our bodies can run well on a wide variety of foods. Could you imagine if you had to eat the same kind of food every time you ate? That would get boring very fast! Fortunately, we have a plethora of foods that can fuel our bodies properly—all of the healthy choices of fruits, vegetables, breads, grains, meats and dairy products that can help our bodies operate at maximum efficiency. Be sure to eat a wide variety of foods and enjoy them!
Stay Away from Foods That Are Not Good for You
What would you do if you went outside one evening and found the neighborhood kids playing a prank on you and getting ready to fill your car’s fuel tank with sugar? You would put an end to that quickly! Why? Because you don’t want the neighbor kids to have fun? No, because sugar isn’t good for the car! The point? There are certain things you wouldn’t put in your car’s fuel tank and there are certain things you shouldn’t fuel your body with, either. The more diligent we are in staying away from foods that are not good for us, the better our bodies will run.
All Things in Moderation
That is an old saying. Most health problems, nutritionally and otherwise, come from a lack of moderation. Can we eat sugar? Sure, just not too much. Can we eat some pie sometimes? Certainly, but not too much. Anorexia is a nutritional challenge we face in our society today that many young people have fallen prey to. They eat too little, and as a result, suffer many serious health problems. Moderation means we don’t eat too much or too little. We eat just enough—in moderation. We fuel our bodies properly. We don’t weigh too little or too much. We weigh just enough for our body frame.
Develop Good Eating Habits
Part of the problem we experience in our nutrition has to do with our habits. What do we do habitually? Do we get in the habit of stopping at a fast-food place for lunch every day and eating high-fat foods? Or do we exercise the habit of taking 10 minutes every evening before we go to bed to prepare a lunch to take with us filled with healthy foods? That simple habit will pay for itself in nutritional soundness. Developing good eating and nutritional habits will pay dividends for a lifetime.
Develop a Lifelong Plan of Nutrition
One of the best things we can do is to sit down and take time to develop a sustainable, long-term nutrition plan. I believe one of the reasons so many diets fail long term is because short-term people will change the way they eat to enable themselves to lose weight, but these changes are not realistic long term. Once they lose the weight and get to their ideal weight, they stop eating the way that helped them lose the weight and they go back to their old ways of eating. And what happens? You guessed it—they gain the weight back. To ensure long-term nutritional health, we need to have a sustainable, long-term plan of nutrition. The plan should be nutritionally sound and one we personally enjoy and are able to commit to.
Again, remember, just as you invest money and time in the pursuit of health in other areas of your life, invest in this area of nutrition as well. Your body will thank you for it!
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SEGMENT THREE – Develop your MIND
The mind may very well be the most amazing thing ever created. The vast depth and breadth of what the human mind can do and comprehend is simply incredible. Think of it, every invention or human creation started as a single thought in someone’s brain. The thoughts, the ideas, the calculations—all fantastic! There might be some who would argue that a computer is a more amazing feat, but it was a collection of human minds that conceived, developed and implemented the computer. Computers run based on how the human mind determines they will run; they are programmed by people!
When a baby is born, their mind is basically undeveloped and is only developed as input and training are given. As children, although our eyes and ears automatically pick up and process information, we are primarily trained and taught to think and process by our parents. They determine much of our input and give us our start. Slowly but surely we learn how the world works, how to think and how to process information. And as we continue to grow, we begin to think in deeper ways, develop critical thinking skills and are eventually able to go beyond the concrete and into the abstract. All of this is part of the natural process of mental development. Initially it is our parents’ responsibility to get us going in the right direction and encourage us to learn and to love learning. Just another reason parenting is the most important job in the world!
Eventually though, this shifts and we assume responsibility for ourselves and our learning. We don’t know everything when we turn 18, as our parents send us out into the world, and much of our success is determined by what we put into our minds once we get out into the world and start making our way. What and how we think determines much of what we are and what we become. This is why it is so important to continually, until the day we draw our last breath, develop our intellect. Sadly, for most people, the learning stops when they get their first job. But imagine what could happen if you kept up an accelerated learning curve for the rest of your life. What could you do, what skills would you develop, what unique philosophies would you adopt if you were one of the few who developed an appetite for constantly looking for good ideas, for new ways of looking at things, etc.? Commit today to that exciting process and see where it will take you.
Keeping Your Mind Tuned for Success
Use Your Innate Ability to Decide and Choose
When we constantly flex our muscle of choice, we build it up and it helps keep us on track for success. It is just like working out: The more we do, the stronger we get and the more “fit” we become. Do you want to keep your mind tuned for success? Keep it healthy by making good choices and decisions on a regular basis. For example, do you have a bad habit? Then flex your mind muscle and choose to change—today. If you choose to stay the same (and those are the only two choices), you will have just chosen to tune your mind to a different station other than “Success.”
Put Good Stuff into Your Brain
There are lots of things that want to work their way into our minds (and eventually work themselves out again in our actions). There is much that we take in just by walking around all day. But what about the things we put in our minds on purpose? We can choose to put good stuff in on a regular basis. Do you take time each day to put good things into your mind, to tune in to “success”? Here are two things to consider when you are choosing what to put into your mind: First, is it positive? Will it build you up or tear you down? Will it make you a better or lesser person? Will you grow from it or not? Will it tune you to “success” or not? Second, will it move you toward your goals in the areas of your life that you want to see success and abundance in?
Keep the Junk Out
As mentioned earlier, there will always be junk floating around, like a co-worker who complains all the time. But what surprises us is that many people who want success actually choose to put junk into their minds and then expect to be tuned to it. Here are some thoughts on this: First, evaluate everything that you put into your mind. Evaluate what you read, listen to and watch. We live in a fast-paced world and have little time. Why then would we spend our precious time putting junk into our minds? Do the things you read, listen to and watch move you toward your goals or away from them? It is a simple question, really.
Eat Right and Exercise
That’s right! The way we eat and the amount of exercise we get go a long way toward our mind’s ability to tune in to “success.” Put the right foods into your body, and the brain responds. Exercise on a regular basis, and the body releases chemicals that literally ignite your brain for success!
Put these key principles into practice, and soon, you’ll be dialed into success and abundance.
Winning the Thought Battle
Our success begins in our thoughts.
The process is that thoughts become actions and actions produce results. So the equation starts with thoughts. The key to success is to start with and control our thoughts. Good thoughts become good actions, which become good results.
But, as humans, we have an ongoing “battle” with our thoughts. Thoughts of depression, negative thoughts and thoughts of fear constantly creep into our minds and cause us to act in certain ways that produce the opposite kind of thoughts we need to produce success.
So, what can we do to win the battle of our thoughts? Here are a few key points. Apply these immediately and consistently, and you will be on your way to winning the thought battle.
1. Guard Your Mind. Behind that forehead of yours is a very precious thing: your mind, because it is precious. If you had a storehouse of gold on your property, you would hire an armed guard to stand watch and keep all the bad guys out. Yet, many of us let any odd thing come into our minds. We need to keep the bad thoughts, the negative thoughts out! Now, when we say this, we mean both the ones that start in our heads and the ones that come from external sources.
2. Proactively Place Good Thoughts in Your Head. Just like a garden, where you weed (pull the bad stuff out) and plant (put the good stuff in), we do the same thing with our thoughts. Buy audio programs and music that will produce good, happy thoughts! Watch TV programs and videos that put good thoughts in your mind!
3. Avoid the Naysayers. They are all around you. You work with them, you live near them—some are even in your family! Whatever you do, do not let them affect you with their negative thoughts and words. Spend as little time as you can with them (unless it is your spouse or kids, and then you might consider getting counseling!)
4. Act on the Positive Thoughts You Do Have. When a positive thought comes into your mind, act on it! This will begin to create a “bridge” between what you think and how you act, and will help make the transition even easier as time goes by!
In review, here are the four key ideas to win the thought battle:
- Guard your mind.
- Proactively place good thoughts in your head.
- Avoid the naysayers.
- Act on the positive thoughts that you do have.
Go forth and win the battle!
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SEGMENT FOUR – MASTER YOUR EXPERTISE!
The Importance of Being a Lifelong Learner
I cannot emphasize enough the need to be a learner in every area of your life. Learning is integral to growth and, consequently, success. As my Mentor, the Great Jim Rohn says, ‘formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune’. Because here’s what’s exciting: If you step up the self-education curve and commit to being a lifelong learner, you will come up with more answers than you can use.
Having said that, here are some thoughts on the importance of being a lifetime learner:
1. The Mind Was Designed to Learn. The Master Planner (the one who created us) gave us an incredible ability to learn. He gave us a practically limitless capacity to learn and store knowledge. He gave us the ability to take that knowledge and then process it rationally. In short, the mind was designed to learn! When we stop learning, we stop using the mind we were given, and then it is not exercised in the way it was meant. The basic functions of the mind are to govern our actions and to learn!
2. Times Change, and We Must, Too. We live in a rapidly changing world. There are always changes in technology, information, systems, culture, and even the way people relate to each other. So, with everything changing, we must constantly be learning. We must constantly be taking in new information, processing it and changing accordingly so that we can adapt and succeed.
3. Your Competition Is Learning! This is a given. We live in the most competitive time in history. Individuals, companies and nations compete. Everyone is looking for the edge to win. Friends, I must tell you that the edge is learning. Those who can take in information and process it quickly and correctly (to help people and turn a profit) are the ones who will come out on top.
4. We Must Learn so We Can Help Those Who Follow. We should not live our lives selfishly. Instead, we must learn so that we forge new ground for ourselves, yes, but also so that we have the ability to improve the lives and welfare of others. The further we take ourselves, the further we can take those who work for and rely upon us. Everything we learn is for a twofold purpose: for us to grow and to then help others.
A Basic Plan for Lifelong Learning
Plan what you want to learn. If you do not plan to learn, chances are, you will not. The lifelong learner is a decided learner; they choose to learn. People are different and run their schedules differently, but the point is, no matter how you plan, your learning must be “in your book,” as they say.
Truly believe in the power of learning. If you don’t believe that learning will help you, then you will not grow. I am under the strong assumption that because you are listening to this program that you believe in growth and learning, and that is good. But, even so, you can always increase your ability to trust in the process of learning and the power it holds to transform your life. Every time you learn something, root it deeply and tell yourself that you will be better off because of it!
Set aside time to learn and grow. Each and every day we should have a planned learning time. The best way to get through a 300-page book is by reading a few pages each day. That way, you are sure to finish it. The best way to listen to a 12-part series is to listen to one part each day. Even if you can only get to your learning every other day or a few days a week, it will be best if you have it written down in the book as planned learning. Build it right into your schedule. Set aside time to read and listen, to participate in small groups of people who want to learn.
Feed your inquisitiveness. Always ask questions. Always see if there is something more you can learn. Look for new knowledge on new topics. Expand your base of knowledge by picking up new subjects. Go broad in your knowledge, but go deep as well. See if there is another question that can be asked so that your knowledge can go one step deeper and your understanding a bit broader.
Master history. A friend of mine once asked a mentor of his whether or not he looked primarily for people with an MBA. This mentor was responsible for business development for one of the largest companies in the world. The answer my friend received was surprising. The gentleman said that he actually liked to hire history majors. “They prove that they have an attention to detail and can learn from the past.” Those are brilliant words. Study your history, because history helps you learn what to do from the best and what not to do from the worst.
Keep a journal. This has been a big point for me for many years now. Keeping a journal enables you to log what you are learning, reflect upon it, and go back to it and chart your life. It doesn’t have to be filled with long entries, but keeping a journal can help you in your lifelong journey.
Take advantage of resources. The way we live today enables us to learn in so many different ways. Here are just a few:
Quite frankly, there are so many resources, there’s no excuse not to learn. Just looking at the list should give you plenty of ideas for filling out your learning plan.
Learning is very important, and it is important to plan for it. Do what you can to put yourself into a lifelong learning plan! So Master your Expertise and Become Scarce, and let the market chase you for your services.
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