It’s surely true to say “lifelong health is a lifelong journey!” But it’s a concept that isn’t considered much anymore. The idea that for me to be my functional best I need to be growing. Like an intimate relationship needs to grow or it will decline, I need to continue making changes to master my wellness and support my potential. In a world of fast food and quick fixes the idea of any kind of lifelong effort is often abandon even before it’s considered.
Besides, how could a person possibly stay motived for a lifetime anyway? What is the fuel that fires the motivation to get on and stay on a lifelong journey of change? What could be so long lasting and powerful? Only one thing…
Purpose is the force that sustains humanity through the greatest of all difficulties. It gets us to graduation, allows us to survive concentration camps and helps single moms raise their kids. In the end run life is difficult even if we try to make it easy. We need purpose to sustain us so we can persist and accomplish any worthy desire.
I say it like this:
Stewardship of our bodies to intentionally serve purposes greater than ourselves is the best reason to improve health and the best way to stay motivated over time.
Here are some tips to help you enter into and maintain your health journey:
- Intentionally link the greatest desires in life to your health goals. What would you hate to end your life without doing? Think contributions, legacy, and experiences. Where does the vibrancy and function of your health need to be to make those thinks happen?
- Be willing to dream about what you really want. It’s often difficult to see ourselves accurately in the future after we have changed. What seems impossible now might be normal then after a series of changes. Don’t sneak present assumptions and situations into the future when you consider goals. It could stop you from even thinking to try. It is well understood the body is capable of transformational change over time.
- Think accurately about aging. It’s true our physical capabilities decline with age. It’s also true that the amount of transformation in wellness is related to the amount of positive change made, regardless of age. Even reversal of chronic illness if possible more quickly than previously understood if corresponding change is made in lifestyle.
- Be patient! Make one or two strategic changes at a time. Get changes integrated before moving on. The new way of living should feel normal.
- Continuously get exposure to new information and truth regarding health. Learning and acting on new truths is needed. Find ways to consume information that work for you.
There are many times I’ve want to give up on my health journey but I just couldn’t do it because my greatest desires for family, work, and legacy depend on high levels of wholeness and wellness. Make it the same for you and you will always be tackling that next important change.
Make your health dependent on your purpose not your purpose dependent on your health.
To the best of health and potential,