Category Archives: HEALTH

Top 10 Health Tips

The best prescription for good health is the power of the mind mixed with good nutrition and exercise.

As Emerson said, “The first wealth is health”.

If you smoke, drink too much, take drugs, or overeat then the best thing that you can do for your health is…

1 – Quit Your Bad Habits

I used to lift a lot of weights, but the past 5 years or so I’ve diversified. It’s more fun and not as tedious. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym, but you do need to…

2 – Exercise Regularly

  • Take a brisk 30 minute walk every 2 days
  • Listen to music or a self-help cd while you do
  • Get a yoga or tai chi dvd
  • Jillian Michaels’ dvds are great
  • Do callisthenics at home
  • Go swimming
  • Play a sport with friends
  • Diversify to keep it interesting
  • Don’t do too much too fast
  • *Do the 21 day fix – 30 minute exercise routines & nutrition

3 – Breathe deeply

  • From the diaphragm
  • Hold it for 5 seconds
  • Then exhale fully
  • Hang upside down to activate lymph nodes
  • I use an inversion table

4 – Meditate morning and night

5 – Drink at least 1 smoothie per day

If you need to …

6 – Lose weight

  • Do all of the above
  • Eat lots of salads & fruit
  • Read Eat To Live {<Free Copy} by Joel Fuhrman M.D.
  • Plus the 21 day fix – the best weight loss program
  • Never eat past 8 pm
  • Chew slower
  • Get a photo of someone with the body you’d like to have & look at it often
  • Visualize yourself slimmer
  • Tell yourself “nothing tastes as good as slim feels”
  • Drink 8 cups of distilled or mineral water per day

7 – Take vitamin & mineral supplements

  • One a day type
  • Plus iron for ladies
  • Plus saw palmetto for men
  • But don’t take beta carotene or vitamin A

8 – Drink lots of tea

  • Not too much caffeine
  • Drink herbal tea
  • Teas have powerful antioxidants
  • Limit coffee to 2 per day plus 1 decaf maximum

9 – Get at least 6 – 8 hours sleep

10 – Think good health

All the best, – Herb.



Becca’s Gift

Thanks to all the self-help books & audios that I’ve assimilated, I am financially independent. However, I still choose to use my skills as a contractor and tradesman a few days per week.

I usually delegate chores to my employees, so that I can concentrate my energy on my specialties. Yet, despite my deep understanding of the power of positive thinking, I am still only human.

With that said, the other day I had a spirited debate with one of my workers because I referred to another employee as an idiot because he showed up late with the wrong material.

Then because of the law of attraction several other things went wrong throughout the day which then triggered me to resort back to some of my old mental habits.

When I got home after work I sat down to eat dinner, and I turned the TV on to distract my thoughts from the day’s events.

I watched the true-to-life story about Becca Schofield, a seventeen year old girl who has inoperable brain cancer. And as I watched it not only changed my state of mind, but it changed my life forever.

As I heard how Becca touched the lives of people all around the world, and inspired acts of kindness with her positive attitude, I was deeply moved.

I’m 55 years old now, and even though I used to smoke cigarettes, etc., I am now blessed with an excellent degree of health. But, this 17 year old angel is incredibly ill to the point of knocking on heaven’s door.

My favorite self-help book of all time is Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude {<Free Audiobook} by Napoleon Hill & W.Clement Stone. Yet, it’s interesting that after reading it many times, as well as hundreds of other self-help books, that nothing has ever changed me so quickly and as drastically as the tale of Becca Schofield.

Many other people have generously donated money, so that Becca’s parents can stay home and take care of her during her final months. And since such acts of kindness are a worthy cause, I will do the same.

But, perhaps an equally as nice gesture is living by and spreading the words of this wonderful young lady. So, the next time an employee messes up, I’m going to laugh at their humanity, and smile as I remember the gift of Becca and what she said, “positivity is a choice.”

This is dedicated to Becca Schofield.

All the best, – Herb.


How To Break Bad Habits

“Habit is either the best of servants, or the worst of masters”*

You’re free to choose what to think, but the effects of your thoughts are always governed by universal law. So any thought that is frequently dwelled upon, whether it be bad or good, will produce results in your life.

It’s of vital importance to learn how to control your thoughts in order to replace your bad habits with good ones because your mental habits are at the root of your bad habits.

One Minute At A Time

One hour at a time, one day at a time, practice, practice, practice. It takes 21 days to develop or break a habit. When I catch myself replaying old negative mental tapes from my past, I shake my head and say “change it.”

I studied physiology, the law of assumption, and I know how to use the law of attraction, so I force myself to stand tall, breath deeply, and put a confident smile upon my face.

Then I laugh at myself for only being human and I redirect my thoughts. I think about my goals or pull out my list and read them. Then I continue to chip away at the stone.

Questions Are The Answer

I habitually use a chapter from Tony Robbin’s  book Awaken The Giant Within  {<Free copy} titled “Questions are the Answer.” I focus on where I want it to go by asking the right questions because whatever you ask of your computer like mind it will come up with an answer.

For example, if you ask yourself why am I so unlucky? Your mind will come up with an answer. Then you start to believe your answers, feel their truth, and so you end up attracting even more bad luck into your life.

Conversely, if a question like my favorite from how to use the law of gratitude, which is – what do I have to be grateful for? Your mind comes up with answers and you feel the corresponding emotions, and therefore attract even more things to be grateful for.

The more answers that you come up with the better you’ll feel. This is why I have learned how to use the universal laws of mind. And this is why I passionately share them with all those who search for change.

The Dickens Pattern

To quit smoking cigarettes, etc., I used the Dickens Pattern. I longed for change because I knew that those bad habits were harmful, wasteful, and foolish. They were just crutches that I leaned upon to help suppress my feelings. But I have since got in touch with and am learning how to take charge of my feelings.

I changed my lifestyle by watching who I hung out with because we all tend to be affected by those whom we share time with. I don’t know anyone personally who is so into self-help and improvement as much as I am.

I learned how to welcome the disciplines. I also used the power of the “I Am” consciousness, affirmations, and I listened to and read:

“The First Wealth Is Health”*

I started placing more value on my health. Then I started doing more aerobics instead of weight training. And I searched for some purpose for my life beyond just making a living.

Through my deep desire to change, I started reading and using hundreds of self-help books and audios. Which focused my mind on the keys to change and improvement.

If only they taught the laws of mind in school. If only somebody had told me about them. When I was fourteen I had a social-worker who told me to read A Catcher In The Rye {<Free copy] by J.D Salinger. I thought it was a lousy book, and that the main character was nuts, so I asked why she wanted me to read it. She said that it was to show me that other teenagers had problems too. As if I didn’t already know that.

10 Great Ways To Break Bad Habits:

  • Value your health and prioritize it – without it nothing else really matters
  • Use the Dickens Pattern {<Free Audio/Video} by Tony Robbins
  • Consciously make the pain of any habit outweigh the pleasure
  • Get help from support groups – they’re free online
  • Go on hiatus if you can afford it & break up the pattern
  • Use the tapping technique for a quick fix
  • Placebo it – replace a bad habit with a good one – i.e. smoking with exercise
  • Read self-help books for motivation and inspiration
  • Meditate and visualize what you want
  • Walk away from the 97% {<Free Audio/Video} by Jim Rohn

The Bottom Line

I started my blog and have written my book {which is ready for publication} because of my love and gratitude for self-help books. And one day, someone, somewhere will read my words and they’ll see what I see. Then like me they too will be changed “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.”

Like Andrew Carnegie said, “Anything worth having is worth working for.”

Because after all, true lasting change does start from within.

Regards, – Herb

Quotes by * Nathaniel Emmons & * Ralph Waldo Emerson.