Daniel Plan 3/16/17: Attaining Benefits and Avoiding Negative Consequences


Today, we are going to wrap up the focus pillar of the Daniel Plan.

What do you think is crucial to being able to succeed at this, or any other endeavor you undertake in life? 

In order to get healthy, you have to be able to know why it is important to you to get healthy. Ask yourself; what is my motivation to achieve a healthier lifestyle? Is it to honor God?

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
— 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Is it to avoid disease and the effects of aging? Is it because you are sick and tired of being sick and tired? Is it to be there for your family?

Write down your motivation and look at it often. The book suggests this is most effective if you look at it from two perspectives: to attain benefits and to avoid negative consequences.

"Effective decisions involve forethought in relation to your goals which helps you not only to live in the moment, but also to be living ten or even fifty years from now. Boosting your brain power and health will help you avoid troubled situations. Here are seven simple steps to boost your brain and renew your thoughts. 

1. "Then What?" The two most powerful words, when it comes to your health, are then what. These two small words can literally change your health in a positive way if you keep them at the top of your mind. If I do this, then what will happen? If I eat this, then what will happen? Does eating the third piece of pizza, skipping the workout, or staying up late help me with any of my goals? Think about the consequences of your behavior before you act.

2. Get 8 hours of sleep. Less sleep brings lower overall bloodflow to the brain and more bad decisions.

3. Keep your blood sugar balanced. Research says that low blood sugar levels are associated with lower overall blood flow to the brain, poor impulse control, irritability, and more bad decisions.

4. Optimize your omega 3 fatty acid levels. Low levels of omega 3 fatty acids have been associated with ADHD, depression, and Alzheimer's disease - all brain problems.

5. Read your purpose-driven goals daily. Ask yourself, "Is my behavior today lining up with my purpose?"

6. Practice using your brain. Self-control is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. Just as good parents help children develop self-control by saying no, strengthen the self-control part of your own brain by saying no to the things that are not good for you. Over time your brain will make better choices more automatically.

7. Balance your brain chemistry. Getting help for problems such as ADHD, anxiety and depression can help you maintain control over your life."

Today's Bible verse:

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
— Proverbs 4:23

In this case, the "heart" being the inner thoughts of a man.

Be blessed my friends.