Hello friends, and welcome to this month’s Joyinmovement newsletter.
Happy New Year! For the past few years the first newsletter of the year has been about top ways to improve your health. But after reviewing last year’s list, I see there’s nothing new I’d like to add. You can see for yourself here: http://www.shellistein.com/newsletters/top-ways-to-improve-your-health/
So instead, I’ve got some inspiration for you from butterflies! See what you think.
If you’re interested in becoming healthy, one obvious thing you must do is invest in your health. And something incredibly amazing happens when over the course of your life you invest in your health.
It’s called the “butterfly effect.” Have you heard of it?
Here’s how it works.
The “butterfly effect” is an idea from science that describes how small events can end up creating huge impacts. It comes from the idea that the flapping of a butterfly’s wings could theoretically alter the path of a hurricane.
There are many examples of the “butterfly effect” in life. For example, let’s say you get up late and make it to the coffee shop 15 minutes later than normal. But while waiting in line, you meet your future spouse. A home, a family, and a lifetime relationship results from you waking up late, which seemed insignificant at the time.
Another example of the butterfly effect: You have a great meal at a new restaurant. The next day, you tell your friend about it. Your friend tries the restaurant. He enjoys it so much that he tells a dozen other people. Those dozen people try the restaurant, enjoy it, and tell lots of other people. The restaurant gets hundreds of customers as a result of your meal, which seemed insignificant at the time.
It works the same way with your health.
When you live a healthy lifestyle it has ripple effects over time. The same is true of the opposite.
When you don’t take care of yourself, you give up those positive ripple effects and often experience ripple effects in an unhealthy way. In both cases, giant ripple effects are created over the course of your life.
In the world of finance this is called compounding. I believe it works the same way with our health and happiness! And just as compounding is said to be one of the great secrets of wealth, I think this compounding effect is also one of the great secrets of abundant health.
It’s the way to turn efforts we make each and every day into lifelong health and fitness.
Our health is an investment and the more we invest, and the better our investment choices are, we surely will reap rewards just as we would with our finances.
Of course, the sooner in life we understand and accept these concepts the better off we’ll be because we have TIME on our side. It’s much easier to create positive health and fitness lifestyles when we are younger than to change as we get older.
I also feel once you accept this butterfly effect idea and couple it with understanding the benefits of compounding, you’ll view all the choices and decisions you make about your health and fitness in a whole new light.
I know I’ll get questions from readers about which decisions I think have the biggest “butterfly effect,” so why don’t I answer that now.
The biggest and most important “butterfly effect” decision will most likely be your decision on what kinds of foods you eat, whether you’ll exercise on a regular basis, and whether you see the glass as half full or half empty. You may have your own ideas, and of course other choices are important too, but I’d pick those three for starters.
The next time you’re thinking about how to spend your time, energy, or money, remember the butterfly effect. You won’t get those three back once they’ve been used. Use them wisely so you don’t miss out on creating wonderful, healthy, long-term benefits.
I hope you’ll take some time this month, as we set 2015 on its course, to notice for yourself the kinds of ripple effects previous choices have had, and to course-correct if you need to, so you accumulate the most abundant health possible.
And do let me know what you think about these ideas!
Until next month, may your Joyinmovement continue to grow in 2015,