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Becoming a CAN DO Woman – Program #5: What is My Physical Capital

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BECOMING A CAN DO WOMAN – PROGRAM #5: What is My Physical Capital

Becoming a CAN DO Woman – Program #5. This is a new consideration as you move toward becoming a CAN DO woman — your physical capital. When we think of life, we have seven assets, or what we call Life Capitals:

  • Social Capital
  • Physical Capital
  • Emotional Capital
  • Spiritual Capital
  • Financial Capital
  • Temporal Capital

We can examine each and determine how to increase or enhance them. In the previous four blog posts, we considered the importance of social capital — or what we called friendships. Each week provided what we hope was food for thought as well as a special action step to take. 

Becoming a CAN DO Woman Program

Start Now. The First Life Capital – Social Capital – Program 1 

The Need for Social Capital – Friendships – Program 2 

The Many Shapes and Sizes of Social Capital – Friendships – Program 3

Questions and Answers about Social Capital – Program 4

Harness your energyThis week in our Becoming a CAN DO Woman Program, we’re going to explore the second of our seven life capitals — Physical Capital. The first week of a new capital is always the most general. We intend this to give you some new areas to think about. Then we’ll provide you with One Action you can take this week to help you as you move toward becoming a CAN DO Woman–toward becoming the woman you want to be.


We have researched, coached, and written about ways to become a CAN DO Woman. Ways to take charge of your life. Each blog in this series brings to light a different aspect of how we can change and manage our lives so that we can be more of the type of woman we want to be and move toward the life we want.

In particular, the pandemic has caused many of us to begin the important (re)evaluation of our lives. What do we want to do? Who do we want to be? How can we get unstuck? What is the purpose of our life?

Let’s Get Started With Physical Capital

We are born with physical assetsPhysical Capital

The fundamentals of our Physical Capital are given to us at birth, and much of that inheritance was assembled at the time of conception. Except perhaps for Spiritual Capital, none of the Life Capitals is entirely under our control, and Physical Capital fluctuates more than we wish.

Many people, unfortunately can’t rely on their Physical Capital to be adequate for the active living that the rest of us take for granted. They must nurture and ration what we spend so carelessly.

Define Physical Capital

Physical Capital consists of the proceeds from the initial genetic make-up of the body and from lifelong efforts to nourish and exercise the body for strength, agility, endurance, and reliability.

And the Definition Means…

Walking is a great way to enhance physical capitalWhat Does This Definition Mean? We have absolutely nothing to do with the size of our Physical Capital birthright. Some people acquired an ample inheritance. Others did not. Some people are able to improve their physical capital.

Surprisingly enough, considering the restricted balances of some other Life Capitals that people must contend with, we are collectively a healthy species.

Moreover, as the seven major causes of good health are better understood by more people (genes, environment, nutrition, exercise, relaxation/rest, friendships, and optimistic attitude), we see more examples of deliberate health in which people befriend, so to speak, the six causes they can influence in order to achieve the best health that they are capable of.


Once again, we suggest that you take just one action in the coming week. This will help you get started thinking about and improving your physical capital. With your mind tuned to physical capital, you will be better able to determine the level of self-care that you are able (and willing) to provide.



  1. It’s time for you to think about or, even better, write the 5 positive aspects about your health that you inherited — were born with. Be grateful for each of these. For example, I’d write the word longevity in my list. My great aunt lived to be 99 and was just 3 months shy of her 100th birthday. My mother lived a full life to the age of 95. With the improvement of healthcare, I can easily imagine living to 100. This is a valuable inheritance. 
  2. Are there negative physical health issues that you also inherited? Write those down as well. My mother and now my sister had heart problems. That makes me aware of the need to find the physical activities that will help me keep my heart healthy.


As we always say, “That’s it.” That is all you need to do this week. As you think about your life, remember that you only have to take one step forward. This week that step is to reflect on and better understand the positive and negative elements of your physical health that you have inherited. 

And while you are doing that, you may be ready to start considering how you can protect the positive elements and work to overcome or effectively deal with the negative elements you have inherited.


By now you know that taking simple actions will not change you overnight. But you are now started along the path toward the life you want — to being the person you want. You will have taken another action. Hopefully, you can begin to see how physical capital is distinct from but also works with your social capital. We’ll talk more about that in the next blog.

As you go forward with this program, remember to continue previous steps taken. Keep up the valuable friends. Don’t let yourself get pulled back into the harmful friendships that tore you down rather than built you up!

And now…write that list of the good and bad physical capital that you inherited when you were born. Even this simple task prepares your mind to take positive action on your current state of physical capital.

Matilda ButlerBecoming a CAN DO Woman – Program #5: What is My Physical Capital

Tiny Tip #1 for a Can Do Woman

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What is a Tiny Tip for you — a Can Do Woman? And why do you care?

Tiny Tip #1. What is Tiny Tip #1 for you, a Can Do Woman? Welcome to the beginning of a series of short blog posts designed to get you to focus on just one small point — a point to help you in your Can Do life. Some of these Tiny Tips will be quotes to inspire you. Others will be a new perspective for you to consider.

In our full program for the Can Do Woman that launches in July, we will always end with a step for you to take as you become a well-rounded Can Do woman. Each step, although meant to be easy to take, requires ACTION on your part. 

New thoughts on being a Can Do Woman

Think about being a Can Do Woman!

But not our Tiny Tips for a Can Do Woman.

Just read through the blog article, let your mind wrap around the thought, and then you are through. Whew! Easy. Becoming, being, and growing as a Can Do woman takes determination, persistence, and action. Fortunately, you can consider our Tiny Tips as Thought Candy. 

The idea for Tiny Tips for Can Do Women came to me while reading the program notes for a chamber music concert I attended back in the pre-pandemic days. 

A Look Again at a Chamber Music Concert’s Program

In examining that carefully saved concert program, I realized my blog articles tend to be long and require action. And while Kendra and I will continue with our longer articles, there are many times when all of us are burdened in our lives and we just want a “little something.” That little something might provide inspiration or a new way to think of our lives. After all, we don’t necessarily have a lot of extra time.

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Case in point:

I invite you to consider the words in the program notes I’ve come to treasure since there may still be months before I’m back in a concert hall.

“Both Mozart and Beethoven capitalized on the demand for piano music to which other instruments could play along, often doubling the piano melodies. Both composers called their work in this genre “Sonata for Piano and Violin,” emphasizing the primacy of the piano part.”

When I read those two sentences in the concert program notes, I thought about how I could turn that idea into a blog post. I thought I might write about how we can use this idea from Mozart and Beethoven in our lives — along with specific steps we might take.

Then I realized that I could just give you a Tiny Tip — something you could file away in your mind and let it come back to you at the right moment. So here it is:

CAN DO WOMAN Tiny Tip #1:

  • Stop for a couple of minutes. Think about what is important in your life right now. Just about one aspect of your life.
  • Give it a DESCRIPTIVE PHRASE. Don’t put a bunch of extraneous words in your mental description. Be sure that the most important part is stated first. That is vital to focus.

After all, Mozart and Beethoven put the word “piano” before the word “violin” because it was the more important one and let the person purchasing the music know that these are pieces that emphasize the piano. And if you play the oboe? Don’t get this music because it is only for the piano and violin.

Relevance to you? It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the small details of life and the nitty-gritty of focusing on what you are doing. As a result you don’t take enough time to determine what is really important. To determine what you want to accomplish.

EXAMPLE OF NOT ENOUGH FOCUS:  ‘I am focused on wonderful music that is lyrical with a dramatic beginning and an upbeat ending for two instruments—piano and violin.”

Neither you nor others will understand your priorities.

EXAMPLE OF A BETTER FOCUS: Teaching my daughter to play the piano.

Too deep into a music analogy?  Okay, try this:

EXAMPLE OF NOT ENOUGH FOCUS: It is important for me to develop better relationships with family, friends, church members, and co-workers by going out to lunch or having them over for dinner while introducing them to new foods as I expand my cooking capabilities.

EXAMPLE OF A BETTER FOCUS: Invite one friend to dinner this week.

Don’t get lost in details that don’t really matter. Put what is most important UP FRONT.

Conclusion of Tiny Tip #1. DO FOCUS. 

Hope you will come to like this new series. Expect the rest of the series to be even shorter now that I’ve explained the concept. Can Do Women Who Inspire UsHere’s to better focus on what’s important in your life and to the lives of CAN DO Women.

Matilda ButlerTiny Tip #1 for a Can Do Woman