For some strange reason there are millions of us who believe that if a little of something is good for us, a lot would be even better. Sometimes that is true, but frequently it is not.
For example, if a non-swimmer has fallen into water over his head, if you throw him one end of a rope, that’s good. If you throw him both ends of the rope, that’s bad.
In physical fitness, many people believe that if jogging two miles a day is good for you, ten miles would be better. Many people believe that if one particular medication once a day is good for them, two should be twice as good.
Disaster has been the result of that kind of thinking. However, this is not true in all cases. If a little kindness and consideration is good, it’s true that a lot would be even better. It’s also true that if it is good to read for 20 minutes a day, it could be better to read three times that much, depending on schedule and interests.
Common sense and expert advice are important. In 1972 I needed to get on a sensible eating and exercise program so I sought the advice of Dr. Ken Cooper of aerobics fame. He started me on a sound, research-based program.
I followed his advice and now, over a quarter century later, I’m in better shape and my energy level is measurably higher than when I was 45 years old.
The word that goes jointly with common sense is “balance.” We need to have a balance in our lives if we are going to be able to get the maximum amount of enjoyment from life. Think about these things.
Take this approach and you’ll have a much better chance of staying up, up, up in a down, down world.
…Adapted from Zig’s book Staying Up, Up, Up In A Down, Down World.
Zig Ziglar was a legendary teacher and motivator. His work continues to inspire people all over the world to pursue success and go for their dreams. Learn more about him at www.ziglar.com