Below is an excerpt from an article by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger. The article covers other details (link at end), but I liked these suggestions on personal development.
How many of the self-discipline challenges (listed in the 2nd section) would you be willing to take up? I’ve attempted some of these…been successful with some, not so much with others.
Do you have any ideas about how to simultaneously work in body, mind and spirit? Consistency seems to be the key with any type of improvement, but it takes constant focus and commitment, at least for me. Is there an easier way that you’ve found? If so, please share.
May we all find what we need to accomplish that which we most desire. Good luck on your endeavors! :) -A.
To survive this historical awakening and transition, you will need to invoke an internal toughness that encompasses your mental, physical and spiritual bodies. -Mike Adams
How to prepare yourself starting today
So how do you prepare yourself and increase your physical, mental and spiritual strength? You practice them.
Starting today, make it a point to exercise your body, mind and spirit on a daily basis. It’s simpler than you think. You might do a daily practice that’s as simple as:
PHYSICAL: Lift weights, shovel dirt, do pilates or go swimming for 15 minutes a day.
MENTAL: Learn a language or study a difficult subject for 15 minutes a day.
SPIRITUAL: Meditate or pray for 15 minutes a day.
Where many people fall short is in focusing too much time on just one area — such as physical fitness — while forgetting to enhance their mental toughness or spiritual expansion.
Incredible exercises for personal development
Here are some tremendously beneficial activities to consider that will help you strengthen one or more of these areas:
* Challenge yourself with self-discipline tests. Can you endure a 4-hour hike? A 60-minute meditation? A 48-hour fast? Do you have the self discipline to turn off the television for 30 days straight? Can you stop eating cheese, or bread, or sugar for 30 days? Most people are so mentally weak that they cannot do any of these things. Find out what YOU can do by setting challenges for yourself and then achieving them through mental and physical discipline.
* Become a volunteer firefighter or EMT. The training and volunteer experience will significantly increase your toughness at many levels.
* Volunteer at a church or local non-profit. Expend your time and effort in connecting with others. Build your practical skills. Commit your time and focus to something larger than yourself.
* Go back to school and learn a new subject or earn a new degree. For example, last year I went back to school to learn how to run an atomic spectroscopy laboratory, and it was an extremely rewarding (and challenging) experience.
* Seek to master a new subject requiring technical expertise. You could seek to become a Master Gardener, for example, or a yoga instructor. Perhaps you wish to master the art of long-range target shooting or the beauty of painting on canvas. Pick an area that speaks to you and dedicate yourself to mastering it.
* Expand your time in nature and time alone with your own thoughts. Practice meditation, spiritual exploration or prayer. Open your mind and spiritual to the realm beyond this physical world, and ask for guidance to gain a greater understanding of all that is.
* Do something you’ve been afraid to do for your entire life. If you’ve been afraid of public speaking, seek to gain competence and experience in public speaking. If you’ve been afraid of socializing with others, seek opportunities to be more social. Work to conquer your fears by facing them with preparedness and training. This will greatly enhance your mental toughness and build confidence in yourself.
* Express your true thoughts. Those who are mentally weak tend to go with the flow and self-censor what they’re really thinking. Mentally strong people find ways to express what they truly believe through words, voice, movement, the arts, etc.
* Practice self control of your own mental state. Be conscious of when others are attempting to invoke emotions from you, and make a focused effort to keep your emotions and moods under your own control rather than theirs.
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