If you’ve heard us speak before you know how important it is to set health goals.
In fact, many of you are probably starting to think about setting your 2011 goals. Well guess what, you’re already late!
Now, don’t get all flustered yet, because the second best time to start in NOW! You see, it generally takes about 90 days for something new and challenging to become a permanent lifestyle pattern. Steven Covey, who wrote the best-seller, The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, said it takes 21 days to create a new habit. If you are going to something life changing, something worthwhile, it takes time. The first step, though, is determining what is it really, that you want different in your life?
Maybe you are tired of your children having weak immune systems, and are looking for answers to boost their immune system naturally, instead of another round of antibiotics. Maybe you are tired of watching 2 hours of TV every night after work, not to mention the unhealthy meal you ate before watching 2 hours of TV. Possibly you are not planning even one basic weekly activity that you love,which would boost your mood or libido, like dancing, playing basketball, or even doing something artistic like learning a new language, or even planning an exoctic trip with your loved one.
The biggest problem is our priorities. I’m certainly guilty of this too at times. For example, when someone is asked to value in ranking order the 5 most important priorities in their life, it will generally be something like God, Family, and Health in the top three. The funny thing is though, our actions are many times not congruent with this list, I suppose making some of us hypocritical.
If you say family is a major priority, yet haven’t taken a family trip, even for the weekend to Wisconsin, in over a year, then maybe you are off, creating a lot stress in your life due to your incongruency between your priorities and your behavior. Three changes could take place in this example. One, you could say, I’m fine with my life and this is not an incongruency and I don’t need or want to make any change. Two, you could change the rank you give your priority to make it congruent with your behavior. In our example I would say move family to the 14th or 15th most important thing in your life, then you would feel much better about not having taken the family on a trip in over a year. (of course that is bogus, but technically its an option.) Three, change your behavior to match your priority….ding ding ding ding….thats the one!!
It sounds funny to talk these things through, but almost nothing could be more important if you want something better and more purposeful out of anything in your life.
Its our job to give you good guidance and choices about your health, and lead you in a better direction if you so choose. The adjustment removes pressure off of our irritated nervous system caused by the avoidable and unavoidable stresses of life. If you still have family at home who aren’t being adjusted, yet you are, please ask yourself why your health is more of a priority than theirs? I’m sure you really don’t feel that way, but your actions are proving it to be so. Change the behavior or change the priority.
In the coming weeks we will be asking you for your 2011 health goals. Start thinking of them and when we ask, you’ll be ready and we’ll hold you accountable, making 2011 your best year yet!