Beloved, I pray that in every way you may prosper and enjoy good health, as your soul also prospers. — (3 John 1:2)
In recent years, we have seen increased attention given to holistic medicine, i.e. the treatment of the body and mind as one complete unit. Nowhere is the importance of mental attitude in health maintenance more apparent than in the treatment of seriously ill patients. Many cancer treatment centers, for instance, now include personal counseling as an essential part of patient care. And the American Cancer Society can provide many testimonials where the one distinguishing factor between patients who recovered and those who didn’t was mental attitude.
You need not be seriously ill to evoke this principle. It might be difficult to document, but no doubt you have known people who simply refuse to be ill — perhaps you’ve experienced the phenomenon yourself, because they have pressing commitments that they must honor, regardless of the circumstances.
Many of today’s leading diseases are lifestyle-related. Heart disease and cancer, two of the most common, are unquestionably related to the substances we ingest into our bodies.
Other success principles such as desire, accurate thinking, and self-discipline can be used perhaps more effectively in health maintenance than in any other area. By eliminating bad habits of over-eating, drinking too much, smoking, or using harmful drugs and replacing them with healthy habits, we can prevent the causes of deadly disease.
What may not be so obvious, however, is the importance of balance in your life. We all need a regular rhythm of love and worship, work and play to maintain high level of physical and mental energy.
That extra energy can make the difference between winning or being defeated by the competition. A healthy body will help you attain the confidence that, coupled with a Positive Mental Attitude, will help achieve your life goals.