What you are about to read will change your life. That is not hyperbole, it is not an exaggeration. If you are to really understand what I am about to share with you it will transform the way you view the world. It applies, and can be utilized in every area of your life. Personally, I am just beginning to grasp the power and magnitude of what I am about to share with you. Since coming across this knowledge only a short time ago, it has revolutionized how I write and teach.

There are three levels to every person. You, me, Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, Mother Teresa all have three levels. How we use and become aware of these three levels will affect every area of our lives. Want to be a great parent? There are three levels to that. Want to get healthy? Three levels there too. Want to have a great relationship? Three levels of love. I am going to share with you what these three levels are, how I came across this information and then we are going to scratch the surface of how we can put this to use to transform our lives. I say ‘scratch the surface’ because I could write and entire book on this subject. I also say that because I am only beginning to work with this information and I am continuing to learn and find new and exciting applications for it daily.

Without any more build up, here are the three levels you, me and the rest of the world share.

  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Emotional/Spiritual

This may not sound too profound at first, but stick with me and I think you will become as excited as I am.

First, allow me to share with you how I came to understand this principle. On a Wednesday at my Post Office job I had a very physical day. Sadly, that night I had to work as a DJ as well. Fortunately for me, my lovely lady was kind enough to put together a dinner as I took an hour nap. I slept well the physical nature of the work was exhausting. Thursday work at the Post Office was slightly less physical. I left and went to write and work on my upcoming book. I tried to do some self editing, which I enjoy slightly more than getting a root canal. I also created and worked on some posts for this website. I came home feeling even more tired than the night before. The following day, Friday, I planned to have a nice relaxing day. I arrived at work only to be told my job was looking at being eliminated. Something the Post Office seems to like to do rather often. I was informed by a coworker that not only was this the case, but the boss had also called into question my work ethic. Which, next to my integrity, is one of the most important things to me. You can imagine how frustrated, disappointed, and to be quite honest angry I was feeling. I few hours later the boss returned from lunch and I asked if I could speak with him. Knowing the discussion he had with our coworker he informed me that he expected to talk with me. To make a long story short, he cleared up that both issues were not at all true. My job was safe, for the time being, and he appreciated the job I did. You can imagine the change in emotions then. I went to back feeling relief, gratitude and a sense of pride in my work. I also felt something else – exhausted!!!

While pushing around a pallet jack, I stopped to share what I noticed with a coworker who happened to be standing there. I inquired whether she had noticed you can be tired in three totally different ways, physically, mentally, and emotionally or spiritually. Being that she is what we could safely say as not the most self-aware person, she stared and said, “Umm… I guess so.” Being that I was just kind of thinking out loud, I nodded and moved on.

As I was letting this information bounce around in my head as I worked, one of the benefits of having a job that does not tax me to mentally, a quote suddenly came to mind.

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartbreak, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill

Suddenly, the light bulb started to glow. I would say it lit up, but sometimes information takes a moment to develop in my brain. I thought to myself, “If there are three forms of exhaustion, there must be three ways to energize!” This simple thought has began to change my life. Here is what I came up with. Let us say you are having a day where you are sleep walking through everything you do. You could stop at your local Starbucks and grab a double espresso, the caffeine would give you a little boost. If you are anything like me, there are days where I swear my body laughs at my feeble attempts to bring it to life. Perhaps that same day you come across an article on a subject that really interests you, or you have a conversation with a friend about a project you are working on. Now you are mentally stimulated. The body will more than likely come along for the ride. Here is where things get interesting to me. If, on this day of working with an energy deficit, you come home to find your spouse has surprised you with tokens of affection you totally did not expect. Maybe a friend calls you to tell you how much they appreciate you. Suddenly, your soul is on fire! Nothing can top that. Sleep? Who needs it.

This applies to more than energy. Trying to lose weight? If you just try to eat better foods (Physical) your chances of success are slim to none. If you study the effects of being overweight (mental) such as less years in your life, complications that can arise as you age, your motivation will be better. If you really want to improve your odds of success, you may want to look at your children or grandchildren and realize you might not see what they will become in life. Maybe you will think about how much you will miss doing with them while you are here because you will not be able to keep up with them physically. This will cause a powerful emotional response. Your motivation then becomes part of your spirit. When that happens, you will change your thinking (mental) and change your actions (physical)

This works for healing too. Let us say you were in a car accident. Your cuts, scraps and bruises will heal. It may take a while for you to remember that your odds on being in another accident are rather slim. Still, in a traffic jam it may take you a while not to have your heart race and your nerves be on edge.

There are so many more areas of life and examples we could touch on, but I wanted to introduce you to this principle and allow you to begin to work with it in your own life. I would be elated to hear what areas you can think of where you could use the knowledge of the three levels and how you can put what we are learning into practice.

3 thoughts on “3 LEVELS YOU MUST MASTER

  1. Love this Neil! When I was young and healthy, teens thru early 40’s, I would come home drained from my job. It was mentally exhausting! My first husband owned a small auto body shop, that he ran with one full time employee and me part time, usually doing the paper work at home. He couldn’t figure out how I could be exhausted after sitting all day, because I sat so much. Someone that is used to physical work, will have a hard time understanding the mental exhaustion from using your brain all day. It’s not something that we argued about, but just something he couldn’t understand. I think many laborers would agree with that!

    As my health declined after my first husband died, I had to have a hysterectomy because of endometriosis. It was always latent within me, but the stress of his death kicked it in again. I recovered quickly and felt wonderful! While I still had the mental stress of a management position, I was also raising a 16 year old by myself and the most important person in my life. The emotional stress started taking it’s toll, but I dealt with it.

    My health is beyond repair but I’m managing. It hurts my heart that I can’t go hiking with my grandchildren, because I have Kyphosis which is characterized by an abnormally rounded upper back (more than 50 degrees of curvature). Walking too long is difficult even with a cane and because of this disease, I’ve lost 8 inches in height with a spine that is so compressed it’s pushing internal organs causing other issues. While this runs in my family, it is already starting to affect my daughter in her neck. That breaks my heart!

    Keeping my emotional and spiritual level is important know. I am confident in both, so I think I’m way ahead of the mark! The physical area of my person may be severely compromised, but being confident in the person I am and still be a contributing member of a society is a definite plus. My faith, belief and Love for our Lord Jesus Christ, will see me through any issue or problem that arises!

    Two out of three isn’t bad!

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    • Again, this story adds so much to what I wrote! Thank you for sharing your personal experience. I am lucky that both Margie and I are creative souls and can understand how tired each other can be. Some days after she creates her cake masterpieces she can collapse. Being she goes from the kitchen to the dining room, there is not much physical exercise, but knowing the creativity, and mental stress of trying to make everything perfect can fry her last nerves. That also allows her to understand my ability to sleep after just “Sitting in front of a computer drinking coffee all day”


      • The understanding you and your love Margie have toward one another Neil, is a relationship that many would long for. It’s all about understanding how each other ticks and especially, not trying to change the person their significant other is! I feel that many folks go into a relationship, with the intent on changing qualities they are not happy with. Wrong! We are who we are, take it or leave it!

        I only get out about once a week, maybe twice tops. Hopefully our summer will spare me high humidity, because if not, I’ll be in the house much of the time again. Much of my day is in front of the computer as well. I had to roar when I read your last line. I too, drink coffee right up to the time I go to bed and except for the once a week insomnia night, (strange, because I don’t know what day it will be or why), I can go to bed and fall right to sleep! Here’s to coffee!!!

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