“In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” Theodore Roosevelt
There are many, many people who are just sitting on the sidelines of the game of life. They sit there worried about the future and what it will bring and going back to yesteryear, back to the times when it was better. Was it really better?
There is an “entitlement” mentality that is invading the minds of far too many people. That is the belief that they should receive something without having to pay a price. Take for instance personal development, that is education outside of formal institutions or beyond what was taught in high school or college. There are people who believe that once you have gotten a degree that your need for further education is done.
With the advances in technology (technology is driving a lot of change in the world that is impacting everyone) no career is without need to advance personal and professional skills. Some people believe that if training is needed the company they are working for should provide it. That notion is no longer true. To stay ahead of the technology and change curve everyone should invest in themselves and add to their value.
With the speed of change there are other issues that people have to work on and that is themselves. There are all kinds of things that are changing, things that are outside of individual control and that often increases stress in a person’s life. Stress is an epidemic. You see it in eating habits, you see it in relationships, you see it at work, you see it just about everywhere and it is very destructive.
The number one cause of death in America is unhealthy eating habits. Unhealthy eating is the reason that so many Americans are overweight (not just a few pounds overweight but way overweight). Being overweight creates a huge health risk. There are those who would rather face surgery, take drugs (the pharmaceutical industry loves people who buy weight control drugs) or doing anything but eat less and more healthily. The food industry has found ways to make food very cheap and at the same time very expensive. Trading cheap calories today for doctor bills tomorrow is the path many people are on.
What should be done? Stress can be reduced by:
1. Eating healthier and less
2. Exercising more (even for short periods of time, activity matters)
3. Get the proper amount of sleep
4. Start preparing for your future, study, develop yourself so that you are prepared for the coming changes.
5. Find ways to eliminate stress.
6. Do what matters most to you. Find your strengths and start using more of them daily.
Don’t get caught in the waves of change.