We all strive for total wellbeing, but what does it mean?
Total wellbeing is one of the words we all know what it is. However, only some can write a description and tell the world what it means.
After many years of life experience, both ups, and downs, I thought I understood total wellbeing. There have been moments in life when the income allowed me to live a pretty luxurious life.
Is that total wellbeing by visiting 5-star restaurants, playing golf whenever you want, and making fantastic journeys to exotic places? Maybe yes, or maybe no.
For a long time, I wondered about this magic phrase “total wellbeing.” What is it, and how to explain it to other people?
A famous quote by Albert Einstein:
“If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
Not until I joined LaunchYou, I finally understood, at least, how to describe total wellbeing.
Total Wellbeing Varies from Person to Person
After being on financial peaks several times in life, it’s easy to conclude that wellbeing is not only about having a lot of money. I’m even prepared to say that the happiest times in my life have been when the financial resources have been limited.
The coin finally felt in place when taking the Fourtopia training course in LaunchYou. Through professional leadership and your training mates, you conclude that total wellbeing is a formula consisting of four different and distinguished elements.
How these four elements play together is entirely different from individual to individual.
You need to go through these four elements and qualify yourself where you are in these four areas.
Sometimes, people say, “Without health, life is not life.” I am prepared to agree with it. Health is like the motor in your car. What to do with an expensive and shining Ferrari without an engine?
Being healthy can be divided into two parts:
1) physical exercise, and
In a short sentence, health is all about what you put into your mouth and how many calories you burn.
Under this title, we can put everything that has to do with money and finances. Making a prolongation of that, it has to do with your career and how you can generate value for yourself, your family, and your community.
With a value-generating life, money usually comes in as a consequence of how you live.
This is an exciting area because we usually care a lot about the family and friends around us. It’s easy to forget yourself.
“To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.”
Life will be much easier when you’re in touch with your own emotions.
During all years I held top-level management positions in the corporate world, I could have done better on this topic. Afterward, of course, I regret that the relationship with my family suffered a lot. Climbing the career ladder always got the highest priority.
Having a good relationship with your partner, kids, family, and friends is crucial for your total wellbeing.
Returning to my Ferrari example, you can’t benefit from all this luxury car’s advantages if one of your tires is flat.
Health – Wellbeing Pilar No. 1
To me, it’s evident because, without health, all the rest doesn’t matter.
Steve Jobs, who died at the age of 56 as billionaire, it’s said that these were the last statement made by him:
“…Material things lost can be found or replaced. But there is one thing that can never be found when it’s lost—Life. Whichever stage in life you’re in right now, with time, you will face the day when the curtain falls. Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well and cherish others. As we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we realize that a $3000 or a $30 watch both tell the same time. You will realize that your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world. Whether you fly first class or economy, if the plane goes down—you go down with it…”
My conviction and backed up by what Steve Jobs said, make me view health as priority number one when searching for total wellbeing.
How to optimize your health?
All people, mainly we grown-up adults, should have periodical medical checkups. Again using my favorite example of cars, when do they usually start failing? When they get older, right? But with regular maintenance and replacement of damaged parts, the vehicle can still run for many years.
Why should your body perform differently? Well, it doesn’t!
The second part is exercise. Park your car in the garage, lock the door, and do not use it for a year. What will happen when you want to use it after a year?
That’s your body. Without letting your different muscle groups work frequently, they will slowly fade away. You don’t have to train for a marathon or enter the gym to get a six-pack abdomen.
Do what is comfortable for you. Let the phrase “something is always better than nothing” be your leading star.
The third part of a healthy life is, of course, all about what you are eating.
Personally, I hate the word “diet.” It’s a word smelling “suffering” from the very beginning. Before I took control of my eating habits, I had to overcome that “diet” syndrome I refused in all its shapes.
I love good food and, accompanied by a glass of wine, make it all to culinary events.
The opener was when I one day came across a quote like this:
“You don’t have to eat less; you just have to eat right.”
Many with me do not believe in short-term diets to lose weight but rather a long-term lifestyle change.
Everything has to start somewhere, and to let your body enjoy that lifestyle change, you have to start with a detox session. You need to clean your body from all the bad stuff before you can start over again.
As a diet hater, I have made this detox session, and it works!
Prepare for Wellbeing – Go for Health – Start with Detox
Detox sounds a bit like a lot of sacrifices. I can agree if you by sacrifice mean pausing sugar, greasy food, red meat, and alcoholic beverages.
Watch the video and get the instructions on how you can do it as well.
Here´s the link to Dexox Week mentioned in the video https://lifestyletrigger.com/detox-week
The end of the statement, supposed to have been made by Steve Jobs just before his death, goes like this:
“…The six best doctors in the world are sunlight, rest, exercise, diet, self-confidence, and friends. Maintain them in all stages and enjoy a healthy life…”
Next Monday, the second pillar in the total wellbeing circle will be revealed.
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