Principle # 1: Your brain is involved in everything you do and everything you are.

Principle # 2: When your brain works right, you work right. But when your brain is troubled, you are much more likely to have trouble in your life.

When your brain is healthy you are much more likely to be happier, physically healthier, wealthier, and more successful in everything you do. This is largely because with a healthy brain, you are able to make better decisions in all aspects of your life. Remember, your brain is the organ that runs you (refer to Principle #1 if you forgot!), and when it works right, you are more focused, happy and energetic, and you are more able to live the life you want.

On the other hand, when your brain is unhealthy—for whatever reason— you are more likely to be sadder, sicker, poorer, and less successful. There are many causes and behaviors that can lead to an unhealthy brain. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Brain injuries such as concussion
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Illicit drug use – including marijuana even if it is legal in some places!
  • Obesity (the larger your waist circumference, the smaller the size of your brain)
  • Medical problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and untreated sleep apnea
  • Mold toxicity
  • Infections such as Lyme disease
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • A chronically poor diet filled with processed foods, sugar and unhealthy fats

The list could go on and on, but as you can see, there are many ways in which a brain can become unhealthy—and when it is unhealthy, your life is harder

Books about success provide a vast array of advice, but interestingly, virtually none of them talk about optimizing the physical health of your brain. Based on our work with tens of thousands of people, we believe it is always the first place to start.

If you really think about Principle #2, it directly challenges the notion of free will, which most people often think of as a black or white concept: you either have it or you don’t. Our imaging work, however, has taught me that free will is actually a gray concept. What I mean by this is that those people with great overall brain function, likely have a very high percentage of free will. Since their brains work right, they tend to make great decisions and choices, thus are very much in charge of their lives. On the other hand, people whose brains are troubled, even if through no fault of their own, such as having been in a car accident, have less healthy brains, leading to less free will and more troubled lives.

If your brain is troubled, don’t despair! Many of you have heard me say this before, but it is never too late to have a better brain. With the right information and strategy, you can improve the health of your brain, starting now.