”A healthy man has a thousand wishes, but a sick man has only one.”
Your health is wealth because it is one of the few things that, once lost, you can never replace or get back. Money can always be lost and made again but once your health fades, there’s really nothing you can do!
Can you remember a time when you were extremely sick or had a health scare that you thought could be potentially life-threatening? During that time, were you more concerned with getting better, or did the need to create wealth occupy your mind?
I’m sure the thought of making more money was the last thing to come to mind. In times when our health is at risk, the mind has a tendency to focus all of its attention on ways of getting better! Everything else becomes irrelevant or less important. Those times reveal just how important taking care of our health really is.
Why Health Is More Important Than Wealth
Health is more important than wealth because we literally need it to survive. On the flip side, wealth isn’t needed to sustain life but is simply a tool used to enhance our healthy lives for the better. Notice that I said “healthy lives,” because to those who lose their health, also lose the value that they once placed on wealth.
We live in a society today where subconsciously we’ve been taught to exchange our health in order to achieve a certain level of wealth. The ideal “image of success” is constantly being shoved down our throats through social media, television, entertainment, magazines, etc. Those images get planted deep into the soils of our minds, and we begin to base success on our abilities to achieve those same lifestyles.
Because of this, we’ve created a value system for ourselves where our self-worth is solely determined by how many materialistic things we can accumulate. Our purpose in life seems to be in direct reflection to doing only that which makes us the most money.
Don’t get me wrong, having an occupation that creates the income you desire is awesome, but we often choose occupations where we end up losing our health in exchange to gain wealth.
Why Do We Do This?
Unfortunately, we have a tendency to make our career choices based off of a yearly salary rather than to make a living doing the things that we love. But instead, we choose to subject ourselves to excessive stress daily working jobs we often hate which puts our overall health at risk.
Is losing your health worth the salary you make? Is there any amount of money you’re willing to risk losing your health over? If you’ve answered NO to both of these questions, then that should give you insight on how important our health is and how we take it for granted until it’s too late.
Does Wealth = Happiness?
We choose wealth over our health because we believe money is the solvent of all of our problems. The problems that we face forces us to do whatever it takes to make money, even if it kills us! (LITERALLY). The idea is that once we rid ourselves of these problems, we can be completely happy and ride off smooth into the sunset.
If this is true, then why are there so many celebrities who suffer from drug abuse, anger and depression. They seem to have all the things money can buy, yet they still deal with the same problems and issues as the rest of us.
You see, having money doesn’t automatically create happiness. It’s the overall lifestyle and outlook of the individual who has it that determines their level of happiness. Happiness is more of a mindset than anything else!
One of my favorite movies of all time is “Wanted” starring Angelina Jolie & James McAvoy (who’s’ main character goes by the name Wesley Gibson). In this film, Wesley works a dead end desk job for a boss that causes him to have panic attacks due to stress.
He decides to stop by an ATM after work to check the balance on his account. To no surprise, he is flat broke! As the story unfolds, Wesley finds out that his father, whom he thought died before his birth, was a member of this Secret Society of Assassins.
After his father death, his wealth was transferred over to Wesley. In disbelief, Wesley decides to check his balance again at the ATM where he finds out that a large sum of money has been deposited into his account!
The Irony Of Wealth
What if you checked your bank account today to find out that a large sum of money has been deposited into your account? No games, scams, or gimmicks involved. The money is legit and 100% yours! What would you do with it?
For the majority of us, we would all do the same things; purchase our dream home, a few cars, invest, create a business, pay off debt, donate to charity etc. The rest would be used for shopping and buying things for our everyday needs.
Here’s the irony to all of this. Besides financial security, most of us chase wealth to simply be able to purchase things that make us feel good about ourselves such as nice clothes, shoes, jewelry, purses, makeup, etc. ALL THINGS THAT COMPLEMENTS YOUR BODY! Having these things boosts our confidence and plays a major role in how we carry on with our everyday lives.
Let’s take a moment to wrap our heads around this concept of achieving wealth… So at the end of the day, we will risk losing our health by working jobs for a salary that we absolutely HATE, in attempts to create wealth, just to buy things that makes us feel good and complement those very same bodies that we neglect and fail to take care of in the first place????
What’s the point of attaining wealth if your overall health isn’t in a suitable condition to enjoy it by the time you achieve it?
Balance is the Key!
Let’s be 100% transparent… there’s ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with investing your time, effort, and energy into things that creates wealth. The purpose of this article is to shed some light on the importance of implementing and/or maintaining a healthy lifestyle while on your journey to wealth creation.
When you focus on your health while on your journey to success, it will give you the additional energy and drive needed to reach your destination. Imagine trying to take a road trip in a car that isn’t in the best of condition because you haven’t kept up with the maintenance. How likely are you to reach your destination?
Find time during your day to get active and exercise so that you can create a sound mind and body that will outlast your road to wealth creation! Why spend years trying to create wealth only to be unable to enjoy it when you finally do??
Start your fitness journey TODAY!!!
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