Doing, and Not Doing
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Practice: The repetition of an activity with the purposeful awareness and attention of accomplishing an intended goal.
What approach are you taking for your health?
There is an opportunity to accomplish a task when you already perceive a problem; a pain, a limitation, or an inability to a perform a given activity. This is a knee-jerk retroactive approach.
You are also given the opportunity to perform a task, or make a healthy choice, prior to there ever being problem; eating well before being diagnosed with heart disease, stretching before playing golf, or taking time to relax for more productivity. This is a proactive preventative approach.
The choice to do, or not to do a specific behavior requires self-control.
Pain and losing physical ability can creep into your life, and one day tap you on the shoulder, or shout in your ear. In either case it is a wake-up call to doing something about it, or not.
How Doing, or Not Doing are viable options:
You may choose to do more exercise, eat healthy, carve a few moments in your day to relax or meditate.
You may choose not to watch TV for 15 minutes at night and instead do 15 minutes of floor exercise.
You may choose not to have an extra helping of mashed potatoes and gravy, and instead an extra helping of green beans. You already know which is better for you. Right?
We are given many opportunities to make choices that are healthy. These healthy practices become healthy habits.
I Can’t vs. I Don’t
The choice to do, or not to do a specific behavior requires self-control. Simply changing the way you talk to yourself has a profound affect on increasing your self-control. The practice of self-affirmations uses specific words that influence a behavior. When I Can’t is used a negative feedback loop is created that reminds you of your limitations. Kelly McGonigal, PhD, author of Willpower Instinct. recommends the use of I Don’t as a better term to breaking bad habits.
Have you considered putting your socks on while sitting on the floor? Yes, everyday sit on the floor and put on your socks, and then get up from floor. Consider when in your life this will not be possible. It is a daily practice that will become a habit, and a measure of a basic physical ability.
With Purpose, Become Aware of the Things You Do, or Don’t Do, that Affect Your Health.
Each day I get up and go to work I set out to add to his journey that I choose as a profession 35 years ago; The practice of Physical Therapy. There is a ‘Why’ to the persistence of this pursuit, and that is fueled by my passions to learn and influence the health of those seeking my service.
There have been struggles just as there have been successes in my career path. Without these I would not be where I am today. A desire to learn from my mistakes, and the words of wisdom that often come from unexpected situations and people. To my colleagues, clients and family that have supported My Practice, I respectively extend my gratitude.