Most of us know what to do in order to get healthy. We’ve all heard that we should exercise. There are so many articles on how to eat better and avoid bad foods. We pretty much know that we should get good sleep. We are also pretty aware that stress is bad for us but the question is: what are we doing about all of this?
One of the biggest problems in the medical industry is compliance. That is, a doctor makes a recommendation (usually drugs in the conventional model) and the patient is supposed to take this medicine. Many don’t. In fact, it is a huge problem and there are countless patients out there who would be doing just fine if they were to simply follow through with their doctor’s recommendations.
The same thing happens with Functional Doctors. We often recommend a healthier diet and lifestyle regimen but our patients simply fall off and don’t do what they know they ought to be doing. Again- why is this?
THE ANSWER IS BAD HABITS.
Milton Erikson, the famous psychiatrist and founder of hypnotherapy, was asked in an interview: “What’s it like putting all these people in trance all the time?” His answer? “I’m sorry but you don’t understand what I’m doing…I spend most of my time trying to take these people out of their trances.”
We all walk around like zombies. We have very short attention spans and move from one fixation to another- never really focusing on what we’re doing or what our goals are. This tendency of ours gets us in trouble with our health, our finances, and even our relationships. We forget.
What is it that we forget? We forget who we truly are.
WE’RE DISCONNECTED FROM OUR PERSONAL POWER AND WE ALLOW LIFE’S TRANSIENT CIRCUMSTANCES TO DICTATE WHAT WE’RE DOING AT ANY GIVEN TIME.
That makes it almost impossible to attain any goals. It makes it hard to follow a diet or do an exercise routine with any success. This is a major reason why we fail and it is totally unnecessary.
I’ve spent the past twenty years working with people on this. I’ve taught them meditation, qi gong, yoga, healthy exercises, and anything else under the sun in order to help them wake up and snap out of it. One of the missing ingredients that I found was common in people who failed was the fact that they had no command of their time.
Allowing other people, entities, circumstances, TV, or anything else to dictate what we do with our time is a major blunder and most people are guilty of this. Here are a few ideas on how to schedule your priorities back into your life:
- If it is important, it goes in your phone. This means walking the dogs, time with your spouse, or cuddle time with the kids. Book it in and make sure you keep time allotted for the things you cherish.
- Work towards your personal or career goals with actionable items every day. Moving the needle daily will eventually get you there.
- Write down your goals and focus on them daily. Get done what you commit to for 30/60/and 100 day goals and then set new ones.
- Exercise and rest cycles are not negotiable. There is no “promised land” for those who destroy their bodies along the way. You must maintain your Vitality and schedule in time for yourself.
- Find your inefficiencies and carve out more time and energy for yourself. Most of us squander time and energy in places we don’t want to look at. Be it the apps on your phone, the evening news, or time on the phone, pull back on the waste and invest the time back into your goals, health, family, and priorities.
I’ve worked with thousands of people over the years and making some small adjustments has proven to help tremendously.