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A retired CEO, and close friend, gave me some valuable information that I would like to share. In order for you to make sustainable changes and follow through with your commitment to resolving your health issues in this new year, consider the following:

1.) You need to realize that staying in your current state of health is not sustainable, nor is it an option. Can you maintain your current state of health as it is? Whether you want to get rid of your muffin top, resolve your Type-II Diabetes, eliminate your chronic pain, balance your hormones, reverse your heart disease, or create healthy aging — you need to emotionally want to change! Ask yourself:  does your current state of health work for you?

OK, now pull out a piece of paper and  write down why you want to change. You want to change something about yourself, some aspect of your health, from what to what? Why does the thing you want to change about your health matter to you? Ask yourself:  what will be the implication or cost of failure to change your current state? Do you fear expiring at an early age? Will your health issues get worse? Are you fearful of suffering from chronic disease for the next 30 years?

Here’s an example. A 33-year-old man came to see me with a list of symptoms and health issues. He is successful in his business and suffering miserably with his health. From being overweight, suffering from sleep apnea, constant fatigue, headaches, neck and back pain, digestive troubles, and a bunch of other health issues, he is at his wit’s end. After reviewing his history and consulting with me, he realized he needs to change his lifestyle because he wants to be healthy for his wife and future children. His self-esteem is low because of his weight, and he has a hard time focusing because of fatigue due to a lack of restful sleep. With the realizations of why he wants to change and why he can no longer sustain his current state, he dropped his head and said he would ‘love’ to run again!  Running was his passion, and he is unable to run because of his weight, fatigue, and pain. Emotionally he is ready to change.

2.)  For real change to happen, you must have a palpable, clear, motivating picture of the future you want to create or move toward. What’s your finish line? Perhaps you want to resolve your health issues so you can be active with your children or grandchildren? Maybe you don’t want to constantly manage your chronic disease, so you can spend more time doing the things you love to do? Perhaps one of them is running again!

3.) Baby steps:  It is also important for you to take baby steps, and celebrate the small victories, build some confidence (I can do this) and build some “change muscles.” You can get overwhelmed by too big a goal that is too far in the future.  See nearer term-goals you can work toward and accomplish. Marathoners look for trees or markers they can see ahead and run to the next one, and then the next one. I hope this is useful.

To Summarize:

  • Realize your state of health is not sustainable. Ask yourself:  Does your current state of health work for you?
  • See the finish line. You want your health to change from what to what? Why?
  • Take baby steps in achieving your health goals and celebrate the small victories each time you accomplish these interim goals!

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