Athletes who jump the gun in a race have to go back to the start line and begin again. It’s called a “false start”. Too many false starts and the race is over even before they have a chance to compete.
I see the same thing happening to too many people who want vibrant and healthy lives. They end up back where they started again and again. They can’t seem to sustain their progress. They are back at the start line again trying to lose weight or get their energy back. They are disqualified from the lives they could have because they aren’t aware of a few guiding principles that will keep them on track and making progress.
How do supremely healthy people think about wellness? What guides their plans? Below are 4 guiding beliefs they put into action. Consistently healthy people:
- Are builders! It has been said lifelong health is a lifelong journey. It’s true! Healthy people wisely integrate new habits and experiment with new solutions as they live life. Goals are milestones not endpoints. They know long term health is not an event, it’s a pattern of growth and change. Life and aging always demands more of us. Moving forward with life and moving forward with health is synonymous.
- Know health is holistic; not a narrow list of food and exercise rules. Is it important to your health to be meaningfully connected with other people? Will your health be impacted if your work never has meaning? What if you are rarely if ever grateful? Could these things impact your health as much as poor fitness or a relatively poor diet? What if you aren’t hydrated? Does something like dental habits matter? What about sleep? Healthy people know health is holistic, meaning it has many parts that work together to produce a vibrant life and their highest potential. Few people actually get serious about identifying and applying all the pieces. Of course doing so would take time, right? That is why guide #1 is so critical…
- Embrace ideals, but apply next steps wisely. Playing darts wouldn’t be much fun without a bullseye. Even if you rarely hit the bullseye it is critical there is one. I’m not saying we always can or should apply ideals in our lives. We often can’t; but if we don’t embrace ideals and move toward them we lost in the dark like a ship with no lighthouse. Supremely healthy people acknowledge each health promotion ideal but take the next wisest step toward the ideal with no comparison with others or criticism of themselves! They practice wise application…
- Understand health is a means not an end. The ultimate goal is not to be healthy. The goal is to maximize your potential, energy, and wellness so you can be the best you possible. The person you know you need to be. The person who contributes to this world in a way only you are able. Healthy people connect their health investments and goals to what is most important in their lives. This is a powerful way to get and stay healthy. When the quality and meaning of your life is connected to your health investments, you have the power to get on track and stay on track!
Avoiding chronic disease and staying vibrant is possible. Like any other endeavor of great value it is accomplished with growing knowledge and wisdom. What about your health story? Does your workplace have an effective wellness program? Call me today.