Introduction to Living on Purpose

This is the first book in the series about taking charge and living the life of your dreams.  It all begins with you, and you deserve to get the most life has to offer.  In order to maximize your efforts and rewards, it’s in your best interest to enjoy good health.

Let’s face it, it’s hard enough to deal with all the other things in this world that are outside of your control.  Why make it harder on yourself by being sick, or not having enough energy?  You don’t want life passing you by because you’re stuck in bed.  As fleeting as life can be, I wouldn’t want to miss a single day.

On a scale of one to ten (ten being the best) how would you rate your health?  Are you happy with your physique?  Do you have the energy you need to do the things you want to do?  Do you have a hard time getting up in the morning?  Do you lose time away from doing the things you want to do because you’re too tired, sick or depressed?  Is it easy for you to get focused on the task at hand, or does your mind wander around, thinking about all the other things in life that stress you out?  Do you feel relaxed most of the time, or full of tension?

These are a few of the many questions that you can ask yourself about your health.  You want to be honest with your answers.  Whether you rate your health as a six or a two, there is room for improvement.  The goal is to rate your health as a ten, and never settle for less.  You owe it to yourself to make good health a top priority, and a permanent part of your lifestyle.

Your body, mind, heart and spirit are your assets.  They exist for your benefit.  You should think of good health just the same as you would think of financial wealth.  It’s not something you want to waste.  Once you’ve got it, and get used to enjoying it, you wouldn’t want to go back to being poor.

It probably goes without saying that we’d all like to be in good health.  But there are many other priorities and issues in our lives that compete for our time and attention.  Ultimately, you have to be the one to balance your priorities, and bring them into harmony.  Maybe you’ve allowed your health to suffer because there were other more important things to take care of.  Between working and raising a family, life sure has a way of demanding our time and attention.  If your current health is less than stellar, don’t feel bad.  It’s never too late to get started.  Today is a great day to start getting the very best life has to offer.

Good health doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming; and it certainly doesn’t have to be a battle of will power or a never-ending exercise in self-deprivation.  Quite the contrary.  I’ve read a ton of books on health foods, diet and exercise.  If I’ve learned one thing it’s this:  Life is too short to eat bad food.  The last thing in the world you should do is feel bad for enjoying a good meal.  We are made to enjoy eating our food.  We like to look at our food, and smelling the aroma of food cooking makes us hungry and want to eat it.  We like to sit down when we eat, and stop everything else we’re doing while we eat.  We like to savor the tastes, flavors and textures of our food while we are eating it.  We like the sensation of filling our bellies and getting full.  Clearly, we are not made to subsist on a diet of seaweed and sawdust.  Please, enjoy your food.

Good health may take a little more time than you’re used to, but it’s worth it.  Consider the alternative.  It takes time to go see a doctor and wait to have a prescription filled (as well as the time it takes to earn the money to pay for it).  Going back to the financial wealth analogy, investing the time and effort into your good health will pay off huge dividends.  You’ll have a higher quality of life, and most likely a bonus of more years added to your life.  That may not seem important now, but it will in time.

I think the biggest hurdle to good health is knowledge.  I don’t pretend to know everything or have all the answers, but I’ve satisfied my curiosity about the pursuit and practice of good health. It’s that ton of books, along with years of trial and error experience and observation. I am motivated to write this book because I want to share what I have learned.  I want to help people enjoy the best health possible and get more fun out of life.

As we go through the book, we’ll take a look at what it means to have good health.  We’ll take a look at how to do it.  What you need to know.  We’ll shatter some myths.  We’ll take a look at how each aspect of your health affects the other areas of your life.  I want you to have all the information you need, and we’ll have fun along the way.

I encourage you to jump right into this book.  Maybe you’ve been holding yourself back, or going down the wrong track.  I believe that you can be an instant success at living a life of good health starting today.  Once you get the information in this book, I bet you will agree with me.  Being successful is something you do one day at a time.  Become a success today, then do it again tomorrow.

My personal philosophy is that we (as human beings) must strike a balance between the three differing realms of our existence and daily experience.  Those realms are of the mind, body and spirit. They are all related of course, but we will take a look at each of them as they affect your health.  Whatever the right balance is, is as unique for every person as there are people.  I probably favor the mental realm, but I put a lot of stock in the physical too. The spiritual realm means a lot to me, but I don’t spend a lot of time with it.  I feel I am on the path that is right for me.  How about you?

The first four chapters focus on you and your individual health, while Chapter Five introduces many factors related to the relationships with other people in your life; including family members, friends, co-workers and lovers.  Please be advised that beginning on page 123, there is a frank discussion about sex and sexual compatibility/fulfillment.  Although this chapter is not a sex manual per se; it does contain explicit material, describing sexual situations, and is intended for mature readers only.  I feel the material is relevant, beneficial and presented in good taste (with some humor thrown in to keep it light-hearted—towel optional).  If you’d rather not read about sex, please skip ahead to page 153.  This material is presented with the goal for each of us to understand ourselves and our partners better, so we can spend our days (and nights) in bliss.

I think you will find this book very informative, useful and inspirational.  Living on Purpose will challenge what you think you know, and help empower you to take charge.  We will journey together to discover your true essence.  We will take your strongest desires and turn them into powerful, motivational forces.  We’ll bid farewell to all the negative, counterproductive and non-life-affirming influences in your life and cut them away.  I believe that you deserve to be spectacularly happy and fulfilled every day.  Like winning the lottery happy.  That’s my goal.  I want you to get what you need, whether it’s knowledge, wisdom, insight, inspiration, a little push, a good laugh or a hug.

The rest of your life begins right now, and I want you to be the best you can be.

To your good health…