BY Christian K. Bahr, DDS
Why is it that so many successful people seem to be able to do so much? I recently read an article about successful people. In the article, Sir Richard Branson was asked a question about productivity.
Keep in mind, Richard is the founder and operator of the Virgin Group, a 400-company conglomerate. He has an estimated net worth of US$4.2 billion, but also dyslexia and a pretty poor academic track record.
“Work out,” Richard responded.
That was it. And it has turned out to be the answer to so many seemingly ‘hard’ to solve problems:
• How do I get more energy?
• How do I get more confidence?
• How do I keep from getting sick?
• How do I find more time?
• How do I stay focused?
And of course the obvious … How do I look and feel better? I’ll let you answer that one.
Most problems, and especially those related to motivation, come from inside ourselves — from our physical body and how much we do or do not respect it.
And Richard Branson is not the only one.
Look around you. Who are your idols and mentors? Look at Tony Robbins, Barack Obama, George Bush, Stephen Covey, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. They run marathons, constantly break their own records and push themselves physically almost daily. (The article I read about Richard Branson was written by Scott Dinsmore, founder at LiveYourLegend.net).
Working out is critical to our physical fitness. Dental health is essential to total body health — it’s all connected. Studies show that people who keep their teeth live ten years longer than people who lose their teeth.
My high school choir teacher, Merilee Webb, taught us something that has stayed with me through the years. “Constancy and consistency is always better than frequency and fervency.”
In other words, start slow. Stay consistent with your goals. Don’t wait until January 1 to achieve what you want. Start now. Brush and floss. Exercise. Live life with energy! Richard Branson would agree.