“You become what you think about.”
Earl Nightingale

Wellness is about possibilities, not pathology.

Wellness is often viewed as the absence of disease.
Wellness is a mindful approach to becoming whole.
Accountability through awareness and discipline plays a major role.

Growth has no end point. Risk is the catalyst to growth. In order to thrive on the wellness continuum one must
embrace risk – like it or not. You believe what you perceive.

Six Dimensions of Wellness

Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute, created an interdependent model titled The Six Dimensions of Wellness. Assess your level of wellness in each dimension via a PDF download here.

Definition of Wellness

There are many wellness models with different views on what it encompasses. The consensus of wellness visionaries depicts the following core elements:

  • Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential;
  • Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment;
  • Wellness is positive and affirming


Optimal wellness begins with a positive attitude. Evidence suggests a correlation among one’s thoughts and emotions with one’s level of health and quality of life. The terrain from the trailhead to your summit of optimal wellness will likely provide difficult, innumerable, and invaluable lessons.

Psychologist Abraham Maslow introduced the concept of self-actualization and nurtured it to one of the quintessential theories of human behavior. A key element of human potential is the whole person approach to human behavior.

Synergy with our vital life force [chi] will transcend our movement to optimal wellness and self-actualization. Following represents the five-step pyramid of human needs developed by Maslow. Each level of needs must be satisfied in order to cultivate optimal wellness.

Fear-Based Illusions

The mind-body interface became the equation in which humans manifested improved quality of life through lifestyle changes. The spirit to cultivate your true potential is within each us but you have the courage to fetch it. This essential element to our lives is often suppressed by habit jammed with excuses.

Real growth occurs when you assertively take risks to learn your Noble Truth. Consciously seeking to slay your fears and harvest your needs requires balance, equanimity, and fearlessly venturing the unknown in each dimension of your life.

“One wanders to the left, another to the right.
Both are equally in error, but, are seduced by different delusions.”

Sir Isaac Newton nailed it when he touted any action has an equal and opposite reaction. The Law of Polarity states everything that exists has an equal and exact opposite. The Law of Duality states everything on a continuum has a complementary opposite within the whole. In essence, varying degrees of the same thing.

To thrive on the wellness continuum mandates an integrative approach to the whole person. In order to change, adapt, and grow it becomes vital to understand the consequences of our decisions, behaviors, and habits. It means defining what we truly desire from life and the root of our inspiration.

Lifestyle entrepreneur Lewis Howes created a short, direct podcast gem to help you define your path to self-actualization and channel your True Nature in the spirit of optimal wellness. Listen via SoundCloud.


You can be, do, have, and give all your heart desires in life and sport only if you grant yourself permission to live it. The first step to optimal wellness and self-actualization is to make the decision to incorporate lifestyle changes.

Circumstances do not matter. The only thing keeping you from living the life of your dreams is the story you concocted about why you cannot attain it. Mindfulness manifests synergy which cultivates self-actualization.

Challenge yourself today.
Wellness is a choice.

May your Sadhana thrive.


Jeff Kildahl

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Jeff Kildahl is a writer, author, wellness consultant and philanthropist advancing preventive health care by synthesizing primary source nutrition and fitness as the principal components of the practice of medicine.

Kildahl is a sponsored vegan ultra-endurance athlete credentialed in bioenergetics, biomechanics, metabolic efficiency™ testing, sport nutrition, and natural medicine. He is a dynamic member of CUBE™ ~ a professional speakers group ~ empowering others to harmonize the "Keys to Living in the Song of Life."

He is the wellness editor at Snowshoe Magazine, United States Snowshoe Association columnist, and contributor to health, fitness and wellness sites, blogs and publications. He is a US-based ultra-endurance athlete and philanthropist for the 100 FOR 100 Movement ~ https://100for100.me.

Kildahl is the creator and president of The Wholistic Edge® ~ a visionary firm providing synergistic solutions to transcend health, performance, and potential in life and sport from the inside out via the principles of Performance Medicine™ ~ http://thewholisticedge.com.