Mental Fitness Challenge: 90 Days to Change

I have read hundreds of examples recently where people have taken a 90 day challenge to improve the physical fitness and I love it! What better way to get in physical shape than partner with a community of like-minded individuals? However, with all the focus on a physical challenge, aren't people missing out on two other key aspects of fitness - the mental and spiritual sides?

If people are going to challenge themselves anyway, why not launch a 90 day total mental fitness challenge? Work on all three areas of life by improving one's physical, mental, and spiritual sides. For example, just as flabby muscles must be worked out in order to tone and strengthen, so too does flabby thinking. In fact, if anything, flabby thinking can have more disastrous effects in a person's life than flabby muscles. Therefore, if a person is investing energy for 90 days anyway, then make it a total transformation, not just a physical one.

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A person's thought life changes when he begins to feed on a steady diet of positive books, audios, and association with others who do the same. Indeed, I know of no other activity than can change a person's life as fast as changing his associations. Birds of a feather, in other words, do flock together. My good friend, the late Charlie "Tremendous" Jones, used to say, "Five years from now you will be pretty much the same as you are today except for two things: the books you read and the people you get close to" It was eighteen years when I first heard Charlie's words and took his advice. It changed everything.

Fitness experts say that 85% of physical fitness is in proper dieting. I believe the same principle holds true for mental and spiritual dieting as well. Tell me the thought diet a person routinely feeds his mental and spiritual sides and I can fairly accurately predict his five year future. Success is that predictable; however, it isn't that easy.

Why not? Because the right habits, although easy to do, are also easy not to do. Left to themselves, most people will choose the path of least resistance, which means continuing in their bad habits rather than changing. The good news, however, is that through associating with others in a 90 day challenge, a person can leverage the community to help drive his personal change. In essence, community is the difference between good intentions and good results. Many will give up on themselves, but fewer are willing to give up on others who are counting on them.

Fortunately, it only takes three steps for a person to change everything:

1. Develop a proper diet for the food and thoughts entering his body and mind.

2. Make commitments to himself and others to follow the new diet for 90 days.

3. Maintain association with others who have committed to do the same thing.

There it is. A recipe for success in any area of life. It's been said that a person changes when the pain of staying the same or the joy of changing becomes big enough. Eighteen years ago, I took Charlie "Tremendous" Jones up on his mental fitness challenge and it has made all the difference for me. I share this with the readers to encourage them in the three step process for real change. Are you ready to take the mental fitness challenge?

Mental Fitness Challenge: 90 Days to Change

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Top 5 Natural Pain Killers

Pain means different things to different people but it is a fact of life and we cope mainly by using the various chemical drugs that we can buy over the counter. However, pain has been with humans since the beginning of time and so have pain killers. In the old days, pain killers were taken directly from nature and had few if any side effects but they were as effective then as modern, chemical pain killers are today. Here are 5 of the top natural pain killers.

Olive oil contains a natural chemical which acts on the same biochemical pathway as ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Research has shown that olive oil is comparable to ibuprofen in its pain killing efficacy when taken regularly and can provide the same reduced risks of blood clots, cancer and Alzheimer's disease. The connection was discovered during a study tour of Sicily when scientists discovered that olive oil had the same stinging sensation in the back of the throat and one of the compounds was named oleocanthal after the root words for "olive" and "sting".

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Turmeric contains curcumin which is a powerful pain killer that is known to help the body block pain and fight inflammation and can be used in place of the NSAIDs without side effects. As shown by studies, it could help stop neurotransmitters from sending pain messages to the brain, thereby easing the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. It is suggested that about 400 to 600 mg of turmeric should be consumed three times daily to provide the most benefit.

Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to block the production of the inflammatory chemicals cytokines and leukotrienes which cause many pains, including that from rheumatoid arthritis. Similar doses of fish oil can also severely reduce the severity of Crohn's disease and wean people off powerful drugs and steroids.

Methyl sulphonyl methane (MSM) is a sulfur compound with powerful pain killing properties besides being anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic. It can be taken as both a dietary supplement and as topical cream.

Human saliva actually contains a natural pain killer that is up to 6 times as powerful as morphine according to recent research. This substance is called opiorphin and may give rise to a new generation of pain killers that may be as effective as morphine but without the negative side effects, such as its psychological effects and addictive properties. In fact, it may even turn out to be an effective anti-depressant.

Top 5 Natural Pain Killers

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