“We live in a world where the yellow brick road has many forks and can take us on many incredible journeys … But this is exciting news. It means we can choose the life we want for ourselves. You choose that life by doing the best you can right in this moment. Right now. By being bold in this moment. Right now. There is no other moment to wait for.” – Dick Costolo’s Foreword from James Altucher’s, Choose Yourself

When do we ever truly know the outcome?  We don’t. But we can choose right now to do the best we can and make the most of the moment.  You can choose to be bold. To ‘choose yourself’. James writes an entire book on how he turned his life around from a point of dark failure, depression and poverty by following 5 key principles.

  1. Improve your physical health (focus on exercise and diet)
  2. Improve your emotional health (be around people that you love and trust)
  3. Improve you spiritual health (always expressing gratitude)
  4. Capture your brilliance (write down ten ideas every day)
  5. Give without expectation (give your ideas away)

This TED Talk sums it up in 10 minutes, but let’s highlight the first principle that that James emphasizes.

Improve your physical health

“From that internal health the rest will come, whether it’s business, art, health success”

Before we want to succeed at anything (which is defined entirely by you), the very first thing that we must get together is ourself. The quickest and easiest way to see results is through exercise and diet. Beyond the many physiological changes that occur, exercise not only guides us toward a healthier and happier lifestyle but also one where we are more driven and optimistic. Doing this one thing for yourself, in return improves your sense of livelihood and influences those around you as well.

The book defines this in very basic terms – exercise, eat healthy foods, drink lots of water, and get plenty of sleep.

As for the second principle – surround yourself with awesome people…we make that one easy too

“There’s no one path. There’s every path. Every path stars with this bold moment. Did you choose yourself for this moment? Can you be bold?”
What is part of your daily practice to #chooseyourself?

Written by Amanda Presgraves. Amanda is a senior Kinesiology major, Division I student-athlete and entrepreneur at James Madison University. As an advocate of health and personal growth, she’s on a constant pursuit to optimize life and inspire others through her commitment to healthy living. If you can’t find Amanda bouncing between the classroom, pool, kitchen, or volunteering, you can find her online as she continues to lead and motivate others towards a happier and improved life at COR through her article contributions, newsletters and community motivation. (@amandapgraves, linkedin).