Sam Levinson, a humorist and author said, “lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is; we’ll find it.”
We are all faced with temptation every healthy moment. Your temptation may be complacency in your exercise program, it may be in your diet when you eat those ever tempting donuts or other gooey office snacks when you really no you shouldn’t. Or, always eating seconds but feeling terrible after. You get my point…
When I health coach employees at a company or individuals at the clinic temptation is an issue hidden in our behavior that leads to health issues. I ask my patients to start to become aware of temptation and choices. Ask yourself, what one thing can I change this week and stick to it? Think about your choice, make it one you really feel connected to. Write it down and post it at your desk or put it in as a daily appointment that comes up on your phone or computer every day for a week. Maybe your change is to eat breakfast every morning, or one less cigarette a day. The goal here is to feel the desire to change, stick to it because you want to. Setting a realistic goal, connect it’s outcome to not giving in to temptation.
So set one small, daily goal to change one thing about your health. After one month set another goal and you are on your way to living healthy and being healthy, I tempt you!
Let us know what your change was and how you did !
Curtis Haake D.C.
August 20, 2009 at 3:06 pm
Great article. I’d like to add the subtle difference and I think this will support the above: When we look at our ‘to do’ list of healthy things we’d like to see in our lives (lose 10 pounds, sign up at a gym), the list can stay on indefinitely because the underlying theme here is INTENTION, nothing more.
When we make a date with ourselves in the form of goals (take a walk on Monday and Friday at 5pm for 30 min, go see my coach at Tuesday at 6, etc) we change the intention to a COMMITMENT to ourselves that this will happen.
It is subtle but powerful. So, getting motivated to ‘do’ something is getting ‘off the fence’, choosing a little goal is your step for success, not because of the goal, but because of the commitment found in action. Choosing the right goal is an art, but that is why you have your health coach!
Good luck to the chirolife community! Remember, your health program requires effort, not struggle…..
Health and Wellness Coach