“There is no illusion greater than fear.”
Lao Tzu

Wellness is a choice.

The key is having the courage to attain it. Preventable chronic and degenerative diseases are linked to 70% of all deaths. Lifestyle interventions prevent and reverse most chronic and degenerative diseases by addressing causation not symptoms.

We have the power to manifest or sabotage anything we desire in life.
Fear-based illusions often thwart our inherent desire to thrive.

Wellness is about transcending health, performance, and potential in life and sport.
Risk is the catalyst to growth. Mere existence is a popular yet unhealthy option.

Our mindset must be about “being” versus “doing.”
Debating your next decision with your inner critic is a waste of time.

There are two ways to view fear [False Evidence Appearing Real]:

1-Forget Everything And Run;
2-Face Everything And Rise

There is no right or wrong choice.
Only consequences.

“We become what we think about.”
Earl Nightingale

Primum non nocere –> First do no harm.

If growth is so wonderful why do we stop ourselves?

Growth is often difficult, painful and most certainly requires fierce commitment. It is also worth the effort.
Our inherent desire to change is often superseded by our hunger for convenience.
It is easier to make an excuse than it is to enact change.

Self-talk is vital to finding meaning and purpose in our lives.
Too many people cripple the realization of their dreams via self-imposed degradation.

We do a great job of overlooking our strengths, talents, accomplishments, and contributions each day. We waste too much time and energy bashing ourselves and others for mistakes, perceived misgivings, and the rest of it.

It is difficult to cultivate growth when we worry. Worrying is praying for what we do not want. We manifest in our lives what we desire and what we fear. Desiring optimal health yet fretting about disease will yield a diluted version of mediocrity.

Your inner critic is the culmination of lies and distortions that frighten your inner child. It is part of your being and you cannot kill it. Possessing awareness of its agenda and the discipline to silence it is in your best interest.

We possess the power to manifest our True Nature or remain haunted daily by self-defeating lines of shit we concocted out of fear. We have a duty to envision, believe, create, manifest, and abundantly serve ourselves and others through our “Highest Self.

Clarity will open your eyes to pathways of growth and dissipate clouds of habit from living on auto pilot. Accountability scares the hell of of people; yet, it is requisite en route to burying excuses. The key is to mindfully honor your Noble Truth.

Affirmations not excuses will take you closer to your desired outcomes. Ditch negative belief systems and give yourself permission to envision and experience the inevitability of growth, change, and success.

The gift of non-attachment will allow you to view yourself as complete but not finished. This is different from constantly striving yet never arriving at true potential. This critical mindset shift will alleviate lack, deficiency, and inferiority from your vision.

Your fuel for change will instead be nourished by your dreams.

“The only journey is the one within.”

Countless people talk about making lifestyle changes but the real challenge is taking the first step. Each of us must honestly answer “what’s in it for me?” and assess whether we are worth it.

The truth is nobody will change their behavior until s/he is ready to do it.
We cannot make anyone do anything.
The first step must come from within.

We fear failure and we fear success.
It is often stated that everything we do emanates from love or fear.
Decisions based on fear become inappropriate decisions.

Fear-based motivation and development-based motivation represent the predominant launching pads of your chosen beliefs.
Two types of fear-based motivation exist. One is deficiency-based and the other threat-based.

Deficiency-based motivation emanates from the perception of lack. Our focus on what is [allegedly] missing from our lives stokes the imperative that we “should” or “have to” do something.

The rap on this type of thinking is that one is not doing something because s/he truly desires it, but rather, because of an external source of pressure. The “identified regulation” [coined by Jay Kimiecek] could stem from family, peers, culture, ethnicity, health education programs, workplace, media, or other sources.

The key to diffusing the deficiency-based incendiary is to pinpoint the source of the pressure and realize we still have a choice in the matter. The next step is to commit to rid such negativity from your mindset. Implementing fear-based motivation to avoid a life-threatening illness, for example, is often short-lived.

Threat-based motivation often propels action. Threats include known, unknown, environmental, and illness avoidance. Lifestyle changes to avoid pain, disability, illness, or death seem obvious yet often are not enough to change the behavior. People invoke inexpressible ingenuity [denial and minimization] to dodge the threat.

Development-based motivation is growth-oriented.

Cultivating our best self is an inside-out proposition. The need to actualize our true potential is in each of us – we just have to possess the courage to fetch it. The intrinsic rewards are the keys to growth. Numerous unhealthy behaviors have immediate reinforcement. Think caffeine, nicotine, sugar whereas dietary modifications and exercise benefits are experienced later.

The key is to understand personal growth is often difficult but it is worth the effort. Hanging with like-minded people will support your desire to thrive and maintain a healthy, vibrant, abundant life. Engaging in activities that are fun, stimulating, and enjoyable will provide a sense of accomplishment and offer immediate lifestyle benefits you can see, feel, touch, hear, and smell.

Development-based motivation bolsters self-confidence, self-esteem, and benefits others in the process.
The concept of self-love is alive and well.

“And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?”
Jalaluddin Rumi

Lifestyles are determined by habit.
One of the most insidious aspects of habit is its ability to dull your awareness and discipline.
Linear thinking will take you on a path to self-destruction.

Optimal health and performance mandate an integrative approach to the whole person.
Mindfulness manifests synergy which cultivates self-actualization.

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Wellness is a choice.


Do something healthy and noble – today.





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.

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  1. Thank you for teaching us how we can thrive to bring our health and fitness to a new Level….
    Dr. Kildahl, Do you teach a class in how to reach this Level of Fitness with a motivational seminar or could you suggest a Mp3 to download….namaste…

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