I want to talk to you today about the impact of stress and how it can literally create disease and serious illness.
All too often men in particular are finding themselves under significant pressure, pressure which comes from within and also socially. I myself found that I was having to deal with the pressures of paying staff, office rent, Private School Fees, large mortgages, cars on leases, holidays and the list goes on and on… What I personally experienced was a lack of knowledge on how best to cope with these different financial stresses. I never talked to anybody about how I was feeling and so over time things got worse and worse. My physical health began to falter and eventually it ended up manifesting itself in illness and in my case serious illness. 😟
You see at age 47 I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and had a radical prostatectomy. With no previous history of Prostate Cancer in my family and no obvious link to any predisposition to this illness I am convinced that my cancer was brought about by my elevated levels of stress because I hadn’t dealt with my personal issues properly. The year of my diagnosis was a particularly stressful one for me not only work wise but also personally with both my parents in hospital at the same time.
I wish I had have been more vigilant about my mental health but I am much more aware today about how we can through negative and destructive thinking bring about illness. We need to be very careful with our thoughts.
A book worth reading about the importance of developing a good “inner game” is the classic by Dr. Maxwell Maltz who wrote Psycho-Cybernetics. In it Dr. Maltz discusses the importance of developing a positive inner goal as a means of developing a positive outer goal.
When I started out building my Online Business I didn’t imagine that I would be part of an online community but that is exactly what has happened for me. I have developed many great friendships which has made this journey so much more rewarding. I am fortunate to have coaches who work with me on mindset and this has been really helpful in me better understanding my own personal journey and I guess I have developed a deeper understanding through sharing with others what role I may have played in manifesting my Cancer.
In the video below I talk about stress and coping.
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