Just A Few Questions
Does your health really matter to you? Is your health a priority?
Commit yourself to taking some time to do a bit of deep thinking the next few days. What are your top 3 priorities in life? Not for the day, or the week, or even for the year. What are the three most important overarching goals you’re pushing toward in life? Think about it…
Is health on your “top 3” list? Is it first on the list? Does your health really matter to you? If health is on your list what does your daily “to-do” list reveal about your commitment to healthy living? Someone told me yesterday that living healthy was “too hard” for them. I smiled because I totally understood what they meant. But because it’s “too hard” do we just give up? What are the consequences of giving up on health?
How about you? Is healthy living just too hard? What could make it easier? If you didn’t list health as a top priority how will that impact those priorities you did put on your list? Can you achieve those goals without health? If healthy living isn’t a priority now, when will it be? Would health become important if you lost it?
Go Ahead and Dig A Little Deeper
Just some questions to ponder. I challenge you to take the time to really dig deeper and consider what your daily schedule and habits say about your commitment to your health. Do you want to be healthy? If so, why? What makes you want to be healthy?
I’ll be away tomorrow as I’m working the Labor Day holiday in the ED. Think about these questions over the next few days and we’ll explore the topic more after you’ve had some time to think about it. Have a safe and happy holiday!
I want to let you know that I think heart attack survivors and those who are living with heart disease are pretty amazing people! We hear a lot about survivors of other diseases and I think you deserve a “hats off,” too! You’ve faced the enemy and here you are! I am SO glad!
So let’s stand together and do everything possible to ensure we do NOT get knocked down again. There’s no 100% guarantee, but we can do so many things to improve our odds and be the winners in this fight! So raise your arms in the air, take a bow, and let’s get busy. Heart health is our main weapon of defense against heart disease. I am very honored to be your guide!
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“Action is the foundational key to all success.” ~Pablo Picasso
Knowledge Is Power?
You’ve heard it all your life: knowledge is power, right? But is knowledge really power when it comes to heart health or any other goal? Knowledge can accumulate forever and really never create any type of change. Like books on a shelf, which are full of information, knowledge really does nothing until the power is activated by you. If you aren’t taking action on what you’re learning, then you may be feeling aimless or even at a standstill.
Knowledge Is A Noun
So how do you activate the power of knowledge and begin to move toward your goals? Think about that book on the shelf: You take the book down, learn some new information, and then you begin to plan how you will use the new knowledge. Now you’re starting to move from the stillness of a noun (knowledge), to the movement of a verb (plan/use). Learning about running doesn’t place you in the runner’s blocks, learning about cooking doesn’t put supper on the table, and learning about construction won’t build a house for you. It’s kinda like watching an exercise show from the couch and never getting up to move. Don’t judge me if you’ve never done this!
Heart Health Actions
I bet your head is full of information since you had your heart attack or discovered you have heart disease! There is so much to know: blood pressure, cholesterol numbers, new medications, eat this, don’t eat that, and on and on! So where are you headed with all that information? How about we start taking action together? First we’ll make a plan of what we need to do and then begin encouraging each other to do it! Accumulating more and more facts will not move us toward heart health but taking action on what we’re learning will move us closer and closer to our heart health goals.