I was on the BTS Skytrain in the heart of Bangkok glaring out one of the windows just before the evening when I heard Valuetainment talking about the morning rituals of a lot of successful people. Having already made a couple of blogs and podcasts on morning routine, I know this could become redundant until I saw what Napoleon Hill had done for his.
First: I drink a cup of hot water when I first get up in the morning, before I have breakfast.
Second: My breakfast consists of rolls made of whole wheat and bran, breakfast cereal, fruit, soft-boiled eggs once in a while, and coffee. For lunch I eat vegetables (most any kind), whole wheat bread and a glass of buttermilk. Supper, a well-cooked steak once or twice a week, vegetables, especially lettuce, and coffee.
Third: I walk an average of ten miles a day: five miles into the country and five miles back, using this period for meditation and thought. Perhaps the thinking is as valuable, as a health build, as the walk.
Fourth: I like across a straight bottom chair, flat on my back, with most of my weight resting on the small of my back, with my head and arms relaxed completely, until they almost touch the floor. This gives the nervous energy of my body an opportunity to balance properly and distribute itself, and ten minutes in this position will completely relieve all signs of fatigue, no matter how tired I may be.
Fifth: I take a hot shower bath, followed immediately by a cold shower, every day, usually in the morning when I first get up.
After reading through this in Napoleon Hill’s book, the fifth one capture my eyes. Just yesterday I heard Patrick Bet-David talking about Tony Robbins plunge into cold water for one-minute before jumping into hot water. He, unlike most people, is one of the very few people that do the plunge. I had no idea where he got it, but now I do.
He goes on to talk about the importance of keeping his health in tip-top shape, although not laying so much stress upon the importance of keeping the intestines clean. He does it by drinking water.
For more than fifteen years at the time of writing, there wasn’t a day that went by that he got a headache.
I love the way he put it in his book.
You cannot be a person of action if you permit yourself to go without proper physical attention until auto-intoxication takes your brain and kneads it into an inoperative mass that resembles a ball of putty. Neither can you be a person of action if you eat the usual devitalized concoction called “white bread: *which has had all the real food value removed from it and twice as much meat as your system can digest and properly dispose of.
You cannot be a person of action if you run to the pill bottle every time you have, or imagine you have, an ache or pain, or swallow an aspirin tablet every time your intestines call on your brain for a douche bag of water and a spoonful of salt for cleansing purposes.
You cannot be a person of action if you overeat and under-exercise.
You cannot be a person of action if you read the patent medicine booklets and begin to imagine yourself ailing with the symptoms described by the clever advertisement writer who has reached your pocket book through the power of suggestion.
I will reiterate about the enemy which you must conquer before it conquers you – worry.
Worry, envy, jealousy, hatred, doubt, fear….all of these are states of mind that are fatal to taking action.
Any of these can destroy the digestive process and cause physical damage, just as Dale Carnegie said in his ‘How To Stop Worrying And Start Living’ book. Stomach ulcers…ring a bell?
To keep myself in a positive frame of mind, I’ve discovered a very effective “gloom-chaser.”
Five minutes of this sort of mental and physical exercise can free yourself from all negative tendencies.