Where to Tap
Chapter 28 of the book Self-Help Stuff That Works
by Adam Khan
EVER HEAR THE STORY of the giant ship engine that failed? The ship's owners tried one expert after another, but none of them could figure out how to fix the engine. Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since he was a youngster. He carried a large bag of tools with him, and when he arrived, he immediately went to work. He inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom. Two of the ship's owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would know what to do. After looking things over, the old man reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something. Instantly, the engine lurched into life. He carefully put his hammer away. The engine was fixed!
A week later, the owners received a bill from the old man for ten thousand dollars.
"What?!" the owners exclaimed. "He hardly did anything!" So they wrote the old man a note saying, "Please send us an itemized bill."
The man sent a bill that read,
Tapping with a hammer...................................$2
Knowing where to tap................................$9998
Effort is important, but knowing where to make an effort in your life makes all the difference. And here's something I've learned from experience and study: If you want to improve your life overall, the best place to tap is exercise.
I injured a tendon not too long ago and didn't exercise for about a month. I've started again, and I've become a born-again exerciser! I'd forgotten how good it is for my sense of well-being. I have more energy, a better attitude, a gentler disposition. It's easier to be the kind of person I want to be.
Our bodies need daily exercise, and when we don't exercise, it makes us feel bad. I think it's our natural state to be energetic and feeling good. But the lack of exercise prevents that.
A consensus is building among doctors, psychologists and those trying to help others become saner, happier and healthier: Exercise is the place to start. If you were in a position to give advice, and someone unhappy or unhealthy came to you for guidance but you were allowed to give only one word of advice, the best thing you could recommend is: Exercise!
Following 32,000 people for eight years, [Steven Blair] found that those whose only risk [factor] was inactivity were more likely to die prematurely than those who had high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and a smoking habit but who got some exercise each day. - Katherine Griffin
All ten studies confirmed that exercise significantly reduces mild to moderate
depression. And the three studies that compared exercise to psychotherapy found that exercise was at least as effective. - Consumer Reports on Health
Would you like to be emotionally strong? Would you like to have that special pride in yourself because you didn't whimper or whine or collapse when things got rough? There is a way, and it's not as difficult as you'd think.
In some cases, a feeling of certainty can help. But there are many more circumstances where it is better to feel uncertain. Strange but true.
Learn how to prevent yourself from falling into the common traps we are all prone to because of the structure of the human brain:
Staff, H. (2008, December 23). Where to Tap, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2023, June 1 from https://www.healthyplace.com/self-help/self-help-stuff-that-works/where-to-tap