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No More Empty Promises

Updated on September 5, 2012

Making The Connection From Politics

With everyone caught up in who is promising what, when and how on the political front, I thought about the things we promise ourselves. Realizations that we need to do something are coupled with good intentions, but a number of roadblocks often postpone the action. We find ourselves vocalizing to others "I’m going to have to ________" or "As soon as I free up my schedule a bit, I’ll _____________." (You can fill in the blanks.) Nothing perhaps is as common as making promises with ourselves in health matters.

When?

When you're talking about health, the "I'll get to it someday" thoughts are not beneficial. Health is a day by day building process. Once you get the true impact of that, you can begin at any time without excuse. Today is as good a day as any. You're enhancing it or chipping away at it right now.

How?

You build it by trading off-- get rid of things that are counterproductive and replace them with things that tip the scales in the other direction. It’s a simple concept of embracing the healthy and letting go of the unhealthy.

What?

What are the things that impact your health? You breathe, eat, sleep, drink, move, think, work, laugh, rest, play, etc. How about targeting in on each one, seeing how it can be better or healthier? It’s not a matter of having to free up extra time in your schedule, like inserting a new, big project. These are habits already present in the course of your day. Learn how to do them healthier in the same time frame you normally spend on that daily process. It's not a matter of losing out; it's gaining balance and better everything. Quality is the key.

Sound easy? You can make it complicated if you want by getting weighed down in a cross-fire of rhetoric, advertising agendas, platforms and other people’s perspectives of their own habits. Or, you can do something different like taking in accurate knowledge, applying it and seeing your personal fruits of success.

It helps to research with a holistic view. One always benefits when stepping back and getting the whole picture. If you’ve ever passed the time doing a 3,000+ piece jigsaw puzzle, you know it’s helpful to look frequently at the finished puzzle picture on the box. I really like Albert Einstein's comment on a holistic view:

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

That comment is certainly looking at the big picture. Appreciating the whole of nature and its beauty helps us to focus on the whole of health. It is not sickness or disease management, but is vigor, well-being, energy, wholesomeness, productive and sound. The dynamic of health is seen in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of an individual. All levels are engaged in full throttle as far as possible.

It’s worth the effort to move in the direction of radiant health while taking into account your circumstances. Naturally, we all deal with variables such as physical trauma, genetic strengths and weaknesses, and other factors which might limit us in certain areas. Although physically blind and disabled, my extraordinary friend, Shirley Cheng, says: "I am not disabled, I am ultra-abled." She has found the secrets to "living passionately and contentedly amidst insurmountable challenges." At age 29, Shirley has accomplished what some folks take a lifetime to do and others let their opportunities slip by. Now there’s proof positive that you can do what you need to do, to accomplish what you know you should do.

In this busy life of responsibilities, a truckload of tasks and always a shortage of time, are you thinking how you can speed up the process, shaving off years of research? You know that learning and growth is lifelong. Einstein reminded us, too, of another point:

"The only valuable thing is intuition."

It's never an advantage to shut off gut feelings in pursuing any matter of life. Doing so can often cause regrets later on. Rather, continue to learn, understand, refine and grow along with fine-tuning your intuition.

In the workplace, an experienced and wise project manager or facilitator can help speed the processes along. In the health arena, we see the burgeoning field of life and health coaches, a truly valuable resource. The right one for you should have a vast amount of experience and a track record of numerous successes with many people. In real life, vast experience yielding successful results trumps knowledge. Why? Knowledge is important, but experience brings laser vision.

"Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today." "Start building health, one habit at a time.". . . Thomas Jefferson and Susanne Morrone

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