When people typically think about health, they think of physical health. While this is a crucial piece of the puzzle, it is insufficient. A significant portion of the population in North American suffer from some mental issue at one point or another. And most people think of mental or psychological health— if they think of it at all— as an afterthought to overall wellness. This outlook must be refined. In over 25 years of experience training ordinary individuals, business executives, students, and athletes, I’ve learned that the proper balance between the mind and the body is the best, most efficient way to achieve health and wellness goals, regardless of the specific goal. Now, most people are familiar with the physical goals of HW: increase muscle mass, decrease excess fat, eat the right kinds of foods in the right amounts and at the right times, and the like. But not enough people pay attention to the influence that the mind and mindsets have on the nature, understanding, planning, and execution of a health plan. Even many professionals fail to appreciate just how crucial personal psychology is to a training regime. Next time you talk to a doctor, nutritionist,  personal trainer or fitness adviser, ask them how involved they are with their clients on the topic of the mind. You will be surprised to learn that the vast majority of them will give you a blank eyed stare.   In a sense, this is because the body is easier to deal with from a training point of view. It can be easily monitored. It is empirical. Results are right in front of our eyes. The body can respond to stimuli and stimulate other things itself. But the mind is more murky, harder to control. In questioning and being questioned, the mind wrestles with a vast depth unknown to the body. This explains why so many health plans neglect to focus appropriately on the mind’s relationship to physical health and achieving the goals we set for ourselves— whether these goals be weight loss, muscle gain, or just plain and simple overall wellness.  Questions always raise the possibility of unpleasant truths, because it is in the questioner’s quest  to uncover underlying reasons, causes, and motivations for a phenomenon or issue. In a word, questions invite doubt. But doubt is not the enemy. It is a first step towards transformation our bodies, minds, and our lifestyles for the better by improving our quality of life.  To have a healthy body is to have a healthy mind, and to have a healthy mind is to have clarity of purpose. The power to transform your life resides here.