“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

—Dr. Seuss

What to Do:

Take a few minutes to meditate on that one thing you’ve been wanting to do but have been putting off because you don’t have the time or the money or the resources. Now, instead of focusing on what you don’t have, consider what you do have, what you do know, and what you can do. Make a list of practical steps you can take to reach your goal. You may have to alter your plan a bit, so be open to change. But remember that the biggest thing you need to achieve your goal is the will to accomplish it. By focusing on what you can control rather than on what you can’t, you rewire your brain to have a “glass half full” mentality, and positive thinking leads to great success.

Why Do It?

Just as an unhealthy body can lead to an unhealthy mind, unhealthy thought processes and emotions can lead to an unhealthy body. In fact, a new study shows that people with a strong sense of purpose in life have a 23 percent lower risk of death from all causes and a 19 percent reduced risk of having a stroke, heart attack or the need for coronary bypass surgery or cardiac stenting. According to the researchers, a “purpose in life” was defined as having a sense of meaning and direction and a feeling that life is worth living.

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