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Mindset, Commitment and Living Intentionally

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Tuesday, Aug 03, 2021

In a world that profits from chronic disease, taking care of your body is a rebellious act

By Tom Hulsey, Men's Health Champion

 

An Intentional Life

One of the life lessons I teach young people is to be intentional with your life, especially in your 20s and 30s. This is the foundation for the rest of your life. The decisions you make daily during this period, good or bad, will carry forward the rest of your life, especially when it comes to health. Take care of your body now, so you will be more prepared physically and mentally as you grow older.  When something does happen, such as cancer or heart disease (as in my case), you will be better prepared. 

“When you get right down to it, intentional living is about living your best story.” 
John C. Maxwell

To act intentionally means to act on purpose. When you are intentional, you choose to make decisions and act on what is really important to you. Being intentional has been easier for me since my health challenges for two reasons. 

  • One, I had specific goals to get through my cancer battle.
  • Two, I was advocating for something greater than myself, a Cause that was making a positive impact on society. 

Today, I am motivated to be intentional knowing I am providing hope and inspiration to those dealing with challenges in their life. 

Make a Commitment

In our society, a healthy lifestyle requires commitment. The first step for adopting a healthy lifestyle is attitude. It takes time and perseverance, but your body will adapt. For example, the way your body feels after a healthy meal will become more important to you than the instant pleasure of having something loaded with sugar. Not only will your body change, but your mind will change as well. It takes time; allow yourself this critical time for permanent change. Commit to make small, positive choices each day. Make one positive change at a time.

Intentional Game Plan

Goals give you structure for an intentional game plan.  Specific goals set you on a path that you choose. Goals, when you stick to them, make you accountable to take intentional actions.  You can ask yourself if what you are doing is taking you closer to or further away from your goal. 

Stay Focused

Having the right mindset allows you to push through the negative or down times to keep going. Being intentional will keep you focused.  You must be intentional about your everyday actions. That intention with your actions will keep you focused. You have to be honest with people about what you can and cannot reasonably do. Spend your time intentionally, even if you have lots of priorities pulling at you.

“The key is not to prioritize your schedule but to schedule your priorities.” Steven Covey
 

Healthy Lifestyle

Your mindset plays into a healthy lifestyle, too.  Negative emotions wreak havoc on your health. With healthy emotions, you will have a better all-round quality of life and enjoyment.  The healthy choices definitely have a positive impact. For one, you will have more energy and focus. Healthy choices may require some change for you that you do not like, but in the long-term the change(s) will benefit you. Intentionally take one day at a time. When you set small goals, you achieve more.


About Tom Hulsey

Tom Hulsey is an eleven-time IRONMAN® triathlon finisher who has overcome major health challenges with cancer and cardiovascular disease. Diagnosed with prostate cancer on his 61st birthday made him want to give up. After watching his best friend battle and succumb to the disease, he did not feel like fighting it until his wife and a close friend convinced him it was worth the fight. Having completed nine IRONMAN triathlons, he decided that competing in another IRONMAN was his goal to stay alive, along with walking his daughter down the aisle. After his surgery, he completed two more IRONMAN triathlons! Shortly before publishing his first book, his doctor discovered a serious blockage in his arteries that required immediate surgery. In the book Tom helps the reader apply the traits required to complete an IRONMAN to any challenge in life. Tom recently published a second book, The Winning Mindset That Saved My Life Second Edition.

This book is a compelling and inspiring story that can help those battling any disease or facing a major life challenge. It is full of helpful health information, inspiring stories, and motivating quotes. The Foreword is written by Kenneth Cooper, MD, MPH. Net proceeds benefit cardiovascular disease and cancer research.

www.tomhulsey.com