“The first wealth is health,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1860.
David E. Bloom, a Harvard economist and health expert in Finance and Development’s lead article, cites Emerson’s quote as an example of the importance of good health as a foundation for life, a community, and an economy.
As a result, health wealth is a phrase most commonly used, and that’s because good health is the foundation of almost everything. Wealth is nothing more than a fragile concept without it.
In short, the only way to buy whatever you want and enjoy your life to the fullest is if you’re fit and active.
And if there is one person who exemplifies this, it’s Josh Trent.
In addition to his wellness and wisdom podcast, Josh Trent is the founder of Wellness Force Media. For the past 16 years, he’s explored the physical and emotional intelligence that allows humans to thrive.
In addition to writing for major wellness media outlets like Onnit, Spartan, and SEALFIT, Josh has conducted over 300 high-level interviews with some of the most respected minds in health, wellness, and self-help.
Even though Josh’s background is impressive, he hit rock bottom a while back, including his beliefs about money. In this article, you’ll learn how you can unlock your full potential without sacrificing sleep, rest, or your mental health to get rich, as well as the money myths you’ve been taught.
Control vs. Influence.
Most of us want certainty, security, and predictability in our lives. Rather than being flexible or adaptable, it sticks to a plan. But that might mean you become a cog in someone else’s wheel, as Josh says.
However, trying to control your life simply acknowledges its unpredictability and complexity. Though you have agency and choices, some things are out of your control. Be open to adapting and embracing opportunities that come your way so that you can influence your life.
Aside from being destructive, excessive control leads to:
- Strain and anxiety. Trying to control everything in your life puts you under more pressure. As a result, you might feel anxious, overwhelmed, and worried. You may also fear failure and uncertainty, which can hinder your growth.
- Resistance to change. A controlling mindset is inflexible and resists change when faced with new circumstances. Getting frustrated and stuck is easy when things don’t go your way. Organizations and individuals have fewer opportunities to learn and grow due to rigidity.
- Relationships strain. If you take the lead, you start micromanaging, losing trust, and not letting others make decisions. Being in a relationship is hard when you feel suffocated or powerless.
- Missed opportunities. You might miss out on unforeseen opportunities and alternative paths to happiness and fulfillment if you’re too focused on controlling outcomes. It’s easy to miss out on opportunities if you focus too much on specific results.
- Low resilience. When faced with uncertainty or setbacks, people who are control-oriented have difficulty staying resilient. In the event things don’t go as planned, their resilience may be challenged.
On the other hand, a positive attitude of influence will help you manage your life better. Through it, you can make informed decisions and keep an open mind about challenges and opportunities. The key to cultivating a sense of empowerment is to find a healthy balance between personal agency and accepting external factors.
Get rich without sacrificing sleep, rest, or mental well-being.
Success in business doesn’t mean sacrificing your sleep, rest, or mental health. In fact, prioritizing self-care and mental well-being increases performance, decision-making, and productivity.
In addition to boosting cognition and creativity, sleep prevents burnout. Long-term success requires good mental health for clarity, resilience, and emotional intelligence.
In the end, balance is key to achieving wealth and prosperity while maintaining health and happiness, ultimately leading to a more fulfilling life.
“Rather than just consuming wellness information mindlessly, apply what you learn.” Josh Trent
If you want true wellness benefits, you’ve got to put what you learn into practice instead of consuming info mindlessly. Don’t let your knowledge go to waste. Put it to good use. How? Make exercise, healthy eating, and stress management a part of your daily routine. However, don’t be afraid to try different approaches.
You can also practice mindfulness, meditation, or journaling to improve your self-awareness. After all, knowledge stays stagnant without action. Putting what you learn into practice will make your life healthier, happier, and more meaningful.
Josh says, here’s why “Caffeine, alcohol, poor food, and lack of sleep contribute to your financial difficulties.”
First of all, too much caffeine and alcohol can lower productivity, compromise decision-making, and interfere with focus — ALL of which can hurt your career.
A second reason is that poor food choices can affect your physical and mental health, leading to higher healthcare costs and less energy. As well as fatigue, sleep deprivation can affect cognitive function, work performance, and missed opportunities, which could result in financial setbacks.
In short, a balanced diet, quality sleep, and moderate caffeine and alcohol consumption can improve your overall health and your finances.
To get a good night’s sleep, Josh recommends addressing the big four; alcohol, caffeine, food, and light.
He suggests avoiding blue light at night since it shuts down the pineal gland’s melatonin production. Josh also advises that you avoid caffeine and alcohol in the evening. And try to eat no later than two to three hours before bedtime.
How the wellness pentagon can change your life.
According to Josh, there’s no such thing as a true shortcut. “Even if there’s a shortcut with fewer rocks, it’s always a long cut every time he takes a shortcut,” he explains. “Whether it’s any of the five pieces of wellness, which is mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, which is I know it’s a place here on your podcast where a lot of people share financial wisdom, but they bleed into each other,” Josh adds.
For Josh, it’s like a recycled logo. “Any of those five pieces in that pentagon could be how he shows up in his relationship or himself, no matter how metaphysical you want to get.”
You could say, “He’s doing a really great job because he or she emanates a peacefulness and emanates confidence about all of those five areas being full.” Josh mentions that he’s really harvesting the shortcuts that he can use to fill up these five areas consistently so that none of them ever dry out.
“And if one gets low and I don’t have to pull from another one, I don’t have to sacrifice my body if I want to make money, but I fell into that trap when I started in 2015,” he elaborates. “Being from a place of scarcity — Josh says he’d rather die than work again for someone else; “the energy of that isn’t always going to be easy.”
“And so, when I look back on the wisdom that I have now, I think what’s most important when it comes to hacks or bio hacks or shortcuts is to be open to it being longer, be open to the path being a lot longer and be a lot more humble and less white-knuckling in the approach to gather, apply, and embody,” Josh says.
In other words, Josh says, “Wellness is this pentagon that never ends.” “After achieving physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and financial health, you will pause and wonder, “Okay?” Well, what’s the next piece?”
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