Finding the one approach that elicits the emotional response in everyone to change behavior is impossible. I understand and empathize with everyone that has attempted to create a better, healthier lifestyle only to fall back into destructive patterns that sabotage long term success. Many people need a gentle guiding approach to gradually adapt to change. In general, my postings use this approach.
This post, however, is for those that need to see reality up close and personal.
There is a saying, “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.” One of the problems with this expression is the definition of “broken.” In general, if we do not have any symptoms it is believed that nothing is broken. Our bodies are incredibly complex machines with the ability to adapt and overcome great adversities without creating ANY awareness (SYMPTOMS) early on. Just because symptoms are absent, however, doesn’t mean we are not “BROKEN”. It means that we may not be AWARE that we are broken.
Ultimately when the body can no longer address the problems, the brain is stimulated to make you aware that something is wrong. A symptom or set of symptoms develop. We know that symptoms are abnormal, but unless they interfere with our quality of living, they are commonly ignored. We justify this in our minds by saying, “they will go away.”
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. For most, we know the causes as well as the CONSERVATIVE changes in life necessary to prevent this self inflicted disease. It remains the #1 cause of death because:
- the belief is “it’s not going to happen to me”
- mortality is a concept most can’t relate to
Since heart disease is commonly denied (even with a family history), there is little if any motivation to change behavior to reduce the risks for developing or altering the course of this disease. In addition, people are under the false impression that surgery “fixes” heart disease. Surgeons are limited to performing “patchwork” to reduce the imminent danger a patient has placed themselves in. This is NOT to take any credit away from the surgeons. Many are brilliant at their craft and save many lives. They are limited, however, by their patient’s willingness to change behavior.
If this article describes you, I respectfully request you take 4 minutes out of your busy life to watch the video below. I hope that it provides enough motivation and incentive to change behavior BEFORE you reach this diminished level of health.