The Million-Dollar Racehorse

By Zig Ziglar

August 16, 2011 3 min read

For years, I have laughingly asked audiences for a show of hands from those who owned a racehorse worth over a million dollars. Thus far, no one has raised his hand.

Then I ask the audience, "If you did have a million-dollar racehorse, would you let him stay up half the night drinking coffee and booze, smoking cigarettes and eating junk food?" Next question: "Would you treat a 10-dollar dog or a 5-dollar cat that way? What about a billion-dollar body?"

It's fascinating that we would not treat a pet or a valuable animal the way we treat our own bodies. Question: If you did keep that million-dollar racehorse up all night smoking and drinking, how many races would he win? Obviously, horses can't smoke or drink booze. But if they could, no sensible owner would subject one to that kind of treatment. Yet, in the race for life, many people abuse their bodies, even as they observe the idea that if you've got your health, you've got everything — or at least a chance to get everything.

Ironically, health care is the "in" topic today. We're told that if we take steps one, two and three, then we will have energy to burn, our aches and pains will disappear, and we'll lose the unwanted weight and shape up so we can win friends and influence people.

Realistically, daily, disciplined accountability is the key to good health, and there are only four major requirements: Get a reasonable amount of sleep; maintain a smart, well-balanced diet; exercise moderately on a regular basis; and avoid the poisons of tobacco, alcohol and drugs.

At age 45, I weighed over 200 pounds, despite numerous diets. Then I got on a sensible eating and exercise program, and 10 months later, I had lost the excess 37 pounds. I maintain the proper weight today. That approach works. Take it, and I'll see you at the top!

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