Changing our old ways of doing things and our old ways of thinking is sometimes difficult. Difficult because we are happy in our comfort zone. It is familiar. It is easy and does not require thinking. Actually, that sounds pretty sad to me. Thinking for myself is something I have fought for all my life. Research, discuss, think from different points of view and come to a conclusion that suits me. (Probably why the research was so easy for me.) Today, I’m still excited about doing new things, meeting new people, going places, and dancing. Yes, I enjoy a limited comfort zone, but well thought out. I want to encourage you to also think about limiting your comfort zone.
When I went to San Diego recently, I was really in a new element. Everything was different, especially the environment, the people, and the food. Sure, I have certain parameters, oh, I mean the lifestyle, that I have created, that works for me. Food, exercise, water, walking, lying down, meditation. But I am also adventurous and questioning. So in a new place, the environment is different, but I am the same.
So since I didn’t cook, I had to ask: how to prepare a meal, what were the ingredients, or sometimes for a different meal, no problem. When I went for a walk (early in the morning), I usually walked in the immediate area and, if I was alone, I would let the desk know where I was going and when to expect me back.
Walking is when I get a lot of insight (and flight). I ask myself questions and listen to my answers. On one of the walks, I thought ‘why do people sometimes have such a hard time changing?’ And this is what I came up with:
We need information that is personally relevant – but how can we make it relevant to people who cannot believe that changing their lifestyle can change their life?
Information about creating health is everywhere. But, we have been persuaded to believe that we are supposed to be sick as we age. “We all die for something,” said one man. That we are supposed to have tons of prescription drugs, that we are supposed to have limitations in what we can do, that we are supposed to have aches, pains, endless problems, and doctor’s appointments every month. Tests, specialists and insurance issues, and all of this put in place by a healthcare industry, which has almost nothing to do with helping sick people recover.
I see so many people who can’t believe in a million years that those same old habits, and that old way of thinking, could be the reason for a heart attack or stroke. They can’t believe that drinking diet sodas is not a good thing. Your belief system is not ready to accept it. Therefore, they continue to get sicker and sicker with each passing year.
We need information that is easy to understand: now, this is what we do with great success. Information that makes sense, with resources you can verify yourself. Understanding can make lifestyle changes easy and comfortable! Diet changes, tips for adding exercise and stress management techniques, proper hydration, easy on a personalized plan. Once you understand that your life is at stake, that your life can be better, that your life is in your hands (and who cares more about your life than you?), Then it becomes personally relevant! For you. That’s hard work, just coming to that understanding.
We need to feel and see and taste the difference:
This is the easy part. After trying this new way of doing things, a new way of thinking that makes sense, and experiencing the benefits, it’s easy to stay on track. Sure, you should enjoy eating, and you will. But think about how much more you can enjoy guilt-free, drug-free eating to try and counteract bad choices. Think of enjoying pain-free walking or playing without gasping for breath, the strength to lift a grandchild. Consider traveling without your doctor’s permission or stocking up on medications before you go. Think about not worrying about getting sick on vacation! Get your life back, so you can really enjoy life.
It’s called changing forever. You good. Remember, health is an option.