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Self improvement tools: Mind and body

There was a young man who desperately wanted to be a woodsman. He met with a woodsman foreman who was impressed with the young man’s enthusiasm and said his crew was full but if the young man showed him good work, he would consider hiring him on anyways. The foreman figured the least the young man would do is get the rest of his crew a wake up call that they could always be replaced.

The young man chopped down 14 trees that day. The foreman was very impressed and decided to keep the young man for a week to see where he would go.

The next day, the young man only cut down 12 trees. The next day only 10. The young man couldn’t understand it and tried even harder to impress the foreman. The foreman could see the young man struggling and  walked to his current tall standing project.

“Let me see your axe, young man.”

The young man stopped swinging and handed it to the foreman.

“Here is your problem! This axe is as dull as that stone right there.  No wonder you can’t chop down enough of my trees.”

The moral of this parable?  To be at your best, you have to take care of your tools.

Your tools are your mind and your body.

You are a soul. Perfect and glorious and capable of doing anything you want.

What hinders you from accomplishing what you want? Your mind and your body. They both have be kept sharp. Healthy. Optimized.

To keep your mind sharp? Well you have already started that process by reading this blog. I congratulate you on that and you should do the same.

I promise you that congratulating yourself personally makes a difference.

I could cite all 30+ awesome optimizing posts right here when all you have to do is look to the top left or right and go to my Archives or Latest posts and work/read backward. You will leave somehow more optimized than before. Or click to my Optimizing Books page and peruse my reads I have provided(hint-the free ones are at the bottom) or click to the Training page and see what you think will help there. They both will. They helped optimize me. And Do these things every day.

OK, now for the body. First off, eating healthy and exercising every day is a good start. Does that have to be said? Sadly, yes.

Now, to be the most optimized in anything, you have to know how said thing works and/or what said thing is made of.

What is our body made of? At the very core of our foundation is cells. If you can optimize your cells, you are essentially younger. If you are able to get rid of damaged cells and replace with new cells or revitalize the ones you have? That right there is what you need to be doing. Well guess what? You body does do that. But as you age, your body gets worse and worse at it. It is just how the body works. When you were a kid, you could play outside all day. You never got sore after playing. But once you were in your 20’s and beyond, it was a different story wasn’t it?

So what specifically revitalizes your body? Heals it? Keeps you healthy (or healthier, anyways)? Redox signaling molecules. It relieves oxidative stress. It helps create glutathione(the mother of all antioxidants) in your body. Your body has to make it, you can’t take it.

So where do you get redox signaling molecules besides your body? It’s called Asea.

Your soul is perfect. With a little work, you can make your mind and body as optimized as it can be.  What I have told you here will help.

Oh, and one last thing: DO NOT EAT MICROWAVED FOODS!!

I hope this post was both entertaining and educational for all. If you have any questions or have any comments, please do not hesitate to ask or share. Speaking of sharing, please share this post with the buttons on the left side if you think this could help a fellow soul.

Thank you and Namaste.

20 thoughts on “Self improvement tools: Mind and body”

  1. Hi Brent,

    I’m glad that I stopped by and read your post. It is a marvelous piece of information about the antioxidant “Glutathione” and its benefits to our body. The 6 minute video that you have created about glutathione is an eye opener. By the way, I liked the short story that you have quoted in the post. Thank you so much & Namaste.

    Mani Y

  2. One of things , which help you optimize, actually helped me too. I sometimes just look around and experience outside. It truly makes me relaxed. And I will stop eating Microwave, I hope I can because I love pop corn 😉

    1. Thank you for the kind words. There are other ways to make popcorn besides microwave, you know. How do you think we did it before microwaves? LOL

  3. What comes to mind to mind is “Narrow Focus,” yes indeed, we want to impress by going above and beyond yet we fail to pay attention to the details. The fact that one can take down a lot of trees may obscure the fact that the tool to accomplish that is as important as the skill of using the tool.

    If your performance suffers it would be wrong to look at just one aspect.
    Mental health and the overall wellbeing of one’s mind is just as important as the condition if one’s body.

    We can’t prevent our mind and body from aging, but we can help to slow the process.

    I remember my early years; I was as invincible as everybody else. Young full of energy, and getting proper rest was just a formality.

    Getting older I have, of course, a different point of view. Now it’s more like, trying not to add more damage to what has already been done in my twenties.

    Brent, as always, great post. Keep ’em coming so that I have more stuff to read and get my mind stirred by your wisdom.

    Looking forward to your first post in 2017.



  4. Hi Brent,
    Thanks for sharing this story. I have not heard of that version of the story about the woodsman and the young man, but I heard of things like keeping your tools sharp is important.

  5. Great article and a real eye opener. This is just the motivation I needed to help get me back on track. As an older dad of a young daughter, it is easy to forget to put myself and health first sometimes. This was a great reminder. I can’t wait for your next article.

  6. I love the story about the young man and the ax. That is so true in life. Things gradually dull or deteriorate, and we don’t even notice. Eyesight is one of those. I didn’t realize how my eyesight was deteriorating until I put on some reading glasses! The older I get, the more I have to work to keep in shape.

    Also, I have been hearing for years now how microwave foods are bad. Is it the microwave or, the container that the food comes in? I just use mine to heat up leftovers.

    Thanks for the info!

  7. Very nice article on a subject we all need to be reminded of from time to time.
    Also like the whole layout of this website, very good job, keep it up.

  8. Dude that first bit was a hook line and sinker! I wanted more and more right of the bat! I will for sure be checking out more of your site! Thank you for all of the tools that you are providing for people like me to sharpen my tools!

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