WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO DO FOR YOUR HEALTH?
How many people do you know who say they want to get more healthy? Loose weight? Eat a better diet? Get more exercise? Get regular checkups? I think its pretty safe to say that everyone has goals and or concerns when it comes to their health. Its great to play a key role in your health and well being, but most people think of this in terms of gain. We consider things we want to do, to have, to be or to achieve. We would like to have more energy, be slimmer, be more active and hopefully prevent disease. It doesnt take long to think of the things we want. Its mentally very easy. But the truth is, simply asking ourselves what we want isn't the question. There is a far deeper question we can ask ourselves that will bring us much closer to understanding our goals and actually doing something about them. The question is, 'what am I willing to struggle for'? Yes, struggle. Because when you truthfully answer that question, you take the first step to really take control of your health and your life. What blocks so much potential for positive change is that we are not being real with ourselves.
Everyone wants to feel good. We would all like to have a care-free, happy and easy life, but can you ask yourself what you are willing to give,or give up, to get that life, because that seems to be a greater determinant of how our lives end up. Health, like happiness, requires struggle, delayed gratification and sacrifice. Ask someone who is not fortunate enough to enjoy good health, how high of a price they would pay to return to a healthy state? At the core of human behavior, the life we all want is the same, therefore, what we achieve is determined by what kind of a commitment we are willing to make.
As a chiropractic physician for over 25 years, I have learned to spot which patients will be the most successful with treatment. The patients who take an active role in their health care by making their health a priority will always achieve the best results. As humans we are inherently wired to move towards pleasure and away from pain. It is one of the strongest motivators for action. True healing, not just temporarily feeling better, is a process which entails a certain amount of effort, not just on my part as a physician but also from the patient. The reward of returning to health and maintaining it, is in the process.
When I treat a patient in my office, I will often ask them what they think they can to do to feel better. I get a variety of answers which I return with the question, 'are you willing to make those changes'? I know, from all my years in practice, that as much skill as I have perfected, it is only half as good as it can be without the patient taking part in their healing. The key is that a patient must first trust the physician and his or her expertise, second, they must engage their own faith in their body's ability to heal, and last but not least, they must accept and even welcome the struggle as much as they want the result. A patient must want the process as much as they want the gain. If they dont, they will often end up with unrealistic expectations that will end in just a quick patch instead of a lifestyle change that can be permanent and even life saving.
I have trained extensively as a chiropractor because I believe in what I do. I have seen the results of good care and I trust my own skill as a physician. I can say this freely because I care deeply about my patients and their health. For me, this is a vocation, not a job. The gift I was given to practice chiropractic, I believe is a God-given gift. I know it was what I was meant to do. The recommendations I give to my patients are born of my passion for healing and I take each case very seriously. What is often frustrating to me is that sometimes it seems as though I care more about the health of my patients than they do themselves? While I am confident in my abilities, I am also humble enough to know that I cannot do this alone. It is a group effort between God, myself and the patient. I empathize with their pain, I have been there myself. I realize that changing habits are difficult and I know what kind of a sacrifice it takes to maintain good health, both in time, and financially. I understand that as well. What I hope to convey to my patients each day is that if they trust the process of healing, follow my recommendations, and listen to their own intuition, they can essentially change their relationship with the struggle. Great things never come from comfort zones, but the battle to overcoming anything must always start in the mind. While no one is given a guarantee of perfect health or a perfect life, what we can expect is that struggle builds endurance, which in turn builds strength. Without strength, none of us will make it through life's many challenges. How a person answers the question of how much they are willing to change for health will change their life. The answer can take a person up or take a person down, it is what defines us, separates us, and ultimately brings us together.