We are well into 2017! How many of us had wellness goals in mind when we made New Year’s resolutions? How many of us had plans to achieve those goals? How many are on track with your plans? How many are not? Come to think of it…how many really know what I’m talking about when I say the word, “wellness”?
As an avid exercise and health enthusiast (for over 40 years) who has been involved in the Wellness industry since 2009, I’d like to provide a perspective designed to help better understand what Wellness is and what it can provide to your health, outlook and overall sense of purpose and well-being.
Wellness is about more than diet and exercise. Many believe that if one has a handle on physical and nutritional modifications, everything else falls into place, yet every year we start with good intentions towards diet and exercise and many of us fall short. In falling short, we may think that things should be done differently next time, but what about addressing more than just diet and exercise? Thinking that it only takes physical and nutritional preparation to reach your potential can often result in falling short of your goals, without completely understanding why.
Maybe bringing other factors into the picture could allow you to have more tools for the bigger picture that defines Wellness.
We can do ‘anything’, if it’s only going to last three weeks…
I have always believed that if you have an end in sight, many things are possible. Another way of putting it is to imagine being able to ‘see the light at the end of the tunnel’ for each endeavor that you encounter; even if you have to make that endeavor shorter to see the light at the end of the tunnel. As an example, when I talk with people about what I do for nutrition, I break it down into small time units. I say that I can do any nutrition routine for 3 weeks. Once I’ve achieved that “mini goal”, I say that I can repeat what I just did for another 3 weeks because I know how it feels and I know the results it gives me. Taking it in 3 week intervals allows you to make the initial changes you need to make, without having to see the change as the first day lasting the rest of your life, with no end in sight.
So when we consider that Wellness involves more than diet and exercise towards an improvement in overall well-being, and consider an initial plan lasting 3 weeks, you can see the total plan as a series of 3 week intervals. These series or steps can become much easier to manage than one life-long plan. The light at the end of the tunnel is seen after each 3 week cycle and it makes the entire time (e.g. 9 to 12 weeks) more manageable and practical.
I truly believe that where the mind is, the body will be; and that where the mind and the heart go, the body will follow.
The mental and emotional parts are critical when reaching goals that are new; especially, those that are considered unreachable or out-of-this-world! Let’s face it, none of us have physical bodies that are actively performing 24 hours a day, yet our minds never shut down. When you think about it, our minds and emotions are in awareness mode at all times. I believe that it’s just a matter of channeling that awareness in a positive direction to allow your physical body to reach the desired goal.
Have fun and congratulate yourself on your achievement each step of the way! Make your three weeks interesting–remember; you can do almost ‘anything’ if it’s only going to last 3 weeks!