We all have our whys in life.
Why get out of bed in the morning? Go to work? Push through school? Start a business? Provide for your family? Build your body? Start a blog?
Indeed, it is our whys that drive what we do – and how well we do it. Our whys even drive what we choose to not do.
Why not start an anonymous blog or business, free from public scrutiny?
I promise you this: the man or woman who has lost touch with their why, has lost their way.
It’s the difference between:
- engaging your work/business with enthusiasm vs reluctantly reporting for duty out of obligation.
- genuine fulfillment that comes from living congruent to your whys vs wandering through life, wondering who you are beneath all the layers.
- knowing that you gave this life and those you love the best you had vs wallowing in regret, dying to know what could have happened if you just went for it.
The stuff that dreams are made of
If your why is strong enough, and you become fully congruent with it in your daily actions, you align with a powerful internal force. A locomotive of success, you’ll find your actions reap tenfold the reward compared to previous struggles.
A strong enough why is how man moves mountains, touches lives and changes the world. It’s how the boy grows up in the poverty-ridden inner city, but as a man finds himself surrounded by abundance, beauty, wildlife, farmland and pristine mountains.
Real-life pixie-dust, it’s the stuff that dreams are made of.
If brought to full potency and utilized wholeheartedly, your why will create the “how” for you. The universe will present a unique, dynamic, and even challenging event. Typically, acting on this will take you one step closer to the ultimate goal signified by your why.
You don’t need to know every step that you’ll take to get there. You’ve just got to have the gumption to take steps towards it, knowing that you are progressing and building in alignment with your strongest whys.
What are your whys, Derek? Why is this blog here? Why is your business in the fields of health and prosperity?
Well, it all started back in 1985. What a marvelous year!
But for now, I’ll share some of the whys that drive my actions.
At 25 years of age I was diagnosed with a type of cancer. A tumor was growing against my aorta, the major blood highway of the body. The doctors explained that at the rate it was growing, it was only a matter of time until it would choke off my blood supply. I’d have been playing basketball or hiking and then randomly stroked out! Game over.
As you can image I was floored. This is the type of news that ruins lives, and even ends them.
Through a radical shift in mindset, I was able to turn this tremendous and frightening experience into a powerful catalyst for growth. I survived, it brought the best out of me, and I am a better man for it. Ironically it is one of the best things that ever happened to me.
After the initial shock wore off, I regained my wits and went on the offensive. I’d always been interested in health and fitness, but this was different. I was as fit as the average 25 year old and ate what average 25 year olds eat.
I was extremely unaware of how our diet and lifestyle choices affect our health. It seems obvious, but I know that many Americans are still living the same life that almost killed me.
Hit up the dollar menu because you’re on a budget, eat pizza because you like it, pound your liver with alcohol on the weekends because you’re young and YOLO, take generic multivitamins because they’re all the same…
Boy was I wrong. I was so wrong that the universe blindsided me with a corrective lesson.
I spent the following years studying nutrition, biochemistry and similar topics as if my life depended on it. Hell, it did. I applied everything I learned to myself, because I was determined to go from surviving to thriving. My gut told me that what happened to me wasn’t solely because of “genetic predisposition,” or because of a lack of a soon-to-be-patented pharmaceutical drug. I was actively doing something to myself, turning switches on that should have been off.
I took the red pill, so to speak and was alarmed and what I learned. In regards to cancer and other degenerative diseases… let’s just say that the importance of “diet and lifestyle” is severely underplayed. Also, there’s a fatally accurate reason why stress is called The Silent Killer.
After spending years radically improving my own health, I began reaching out to others. I came to the realization that I’d been given a second chance at life. Deep down I knew that it wasn’t meant for me to keep what I’ve learned to myself. To earn my wings I need to share this information with others.
Additionally, many experiences through childhood to manhood served to harden my mindset in other ways.
I grew up in a situation best described as economically turbulent. Many of you reading this may be able to relate to that. There were beautiful memories spattered here and there, but there was also a great deal of struggle.
That type of environment often breeds a scarcity mindset that will hold you back from health and happiness. It will crush your hopes and dreams, with self-imposed limitations.
I can’t afford to buy this type of food. I can’t live where I want. It’s too expensive. Life’s a bitch and then you die. If I didn’t have bad luck, I’ll have no luck at all. What can I do about it?
It’s only as true and real as we make it. We all have the inherent ability to leave a shitty situation, job or neighborhood. We can choose to expand our means, to be able to afford the things we want. Of course you can eat organic free range on a budget, but only if you know it to be your reality.
Growing up broke and surrounded by struggle, I somehow always instinctively knew that there was a better place and better way.
That type of natural curiosity and a hope for a better tomorrow is the root of prosperity. After years of trial and error, exploring and embracing zestful living, I was able to confirm my belief: yes there is a better place and a better way.
Being healthy and prosperous is something we all desire. We don’t deserve either without dedicated, focused action – but we are fully capable to do so.
Health and prosperity are intertwined with my whys. My goal is to encourage others to see how their thoughts and actions can supercharge their health, happiness and prosperity.