Dr. Mehmet Oz says he’s learned a lot over the last 10 years since he went from being a doctor – to being a doctor, Oprah’s guest, a TV Host, and an author. Here are the four lessons he wants to pass onto us. This comes from Oprah’s “O” magazine:
- Lesson number one from Dr. Oz: It’s not about living longer, it’s about living better. Dr. Oz had a patient who was a heart-attack waiting to happen. He changed his lifestyle and when he came for his next checkup, Dr. Oz congratulated him on extending his life. The man said, “I didn’t do it to live longer, I just wanted to feel better now.” The lesson is: Living to 100 is a nice thought, but what really motivates people is living better today.
- The second lesson from Dr. Oz.: We regret the actions we don’t take more than the ones we do. He recalls meeting a man who was dying of cancer. He had taken his family on a vacation to Discovery Cove to swim with the dolphins, but it wasn’t until he knew he was dying that he made that happen. The day after that show, Dr. Oz booked the same trip for his family. He says, if there’s something on your wish list for life, make plan to do it today. That sentiment is backed up by a poll done for the Boston Globe. They asked hundreds of elderly people how they found happiness in life. Virtually everyone said their greatest happiness came from things they tried and the risks they took – whether they worked out or not.
- Life lesson number three from Dr. Oz: To achieve your goals, you have to make them easier to do. Dr. Oz recently took the couch away from in front of his TV and replaced it with a stationary bike. You don’t have to make a change that drastic – simply getting rid of the junk food in your house and replacing it with fresh, whole foods makes reaching a goal easier to do.
- One final lesson from Dr. Oz: Going to bed 30 minutes earlier will change your life. He spent years working at hospitals getting very little sleep, but doctors or not, less than half of us get enough sleep. If you make sleep a priority, you’ll be healthier, make fewer mistakes, be in a better mood, get more done, think more clearly and have more energy and less stress.