As many of you know, I share health information that frequently goes under the radar. This information can dramatically impact decisions you make regarding your health. It is backed with credible references to add validity to its content. Frequently, I see comments to my posts that read:
“something to really think about.”
I truly believe many of you find the information interesting. That certainly is a good starting point. I also appreciate everyone taking the time to offer feedback, however, comments like, “something to really think about,” does not typically create a strong enough (personal) emotional response to follow through with a serious CALL TO ACTION. Now I know everyone is not interested in following the recommendations, but many seeking assistance make these same comments.
It is my opinion that science, research and even personal health conditions do not (usually) cause enough EMOTIONAL trauma to change our current well established patterns in life. So let’s see if we can approach this article’s title from a perspective that triggers an emotional response powerful enough to incentivize REAL POSITIVE CHANGE starting TODAY!
WHY IS LIFE IMPORTANT TO YOU?
What creates VALUE in your life? Is it your spouse, your children, your extended family, your friends…? What do you look forward to on a DAILY basis? Is it the morning cup of coffee and the newspaper? Is it the morning ritual of gently touching your spouse in bed and kissing her or him? Is it the morning walk with the family pet?
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU LOOK FORWARD TO EACH DAY THAT MAKES YOU REALIZE AND APPRECIATE THE IMPORTANCE OF LIFE?
WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS?
Do you want to go back to college to pursue a new direction in life? Do you want to create more personal time to spend with your family? Do you want to start a new business? Do you want to become involved with organizations that reach out to those in need?
DO YOU HAVE ANY ASPIRATIONS YOU’RE CURRENTLY DISCOVERING AND PUSUING?
WHAT BRINGS YOU JOY?
Is it a weekend fishing trip? Is it hiking or camping with the family? Is it the relaxation experienced on a beach with the hot sun beaming down? Is it the pleasure from watching a sunrise or sunset?
IS JOY A CONCEPT YOU REGULARLY EXPERIENCE?
It is my experience most people do not consider the importance of LIFE.
Life simply “is.”
We awaken, we follow some daily ritual, we go to bed at night. There is no DAILY activity or event that makes our heart race with excitement.
The word “ASPIRATION” is a word left out of most people’s vocabulary. In general, it doesn’t fit within their lifestyle. People have enormous responsibilities that consume so much of their energy, they commonly feel more like overwhelmed “slaves” than “masters” in control of their destiny.
“Joy” unfortunately, is more commonly used to identify the name of a person than a feeling of emotional exuberance. Out of a 365 day year, how often do we wish people “joy” or experience it ourselves? Would you agree, a birthday, Christmas, and maybe a few other days? Most people live most of the year without any real JOY in their lives.
If LIFE is not recognized as one of the greatest GIFTS we’ve been blessed with, how are we to find VALUE in existence? What will motivate us to conceive new ideas, pursue new opportunities, and aspire to seek new ASPIRATIONS in life? Without creating a reserve of POSITIVE energy, where is the incentive to find and experience JOY?
The “weight” of the previous paragraph is the ROOT CAUSE of INACTION. Our brains are smart enough to know what we “should do” but we choose instead to disregard the real VALUE and MAGNITUDE of LIFE in favor of living an uninspired EXISTENCE. We defensively impair our EMOTIONAL awareness to minimize the PAIN we live with in order to simply SURVIVE another day. This, in turn, reduces our “driving forces” (motivation) for tangible ACTION and keeps us on a path of INACTION! Do you know what a path of INACTION looks like? It looks like the phrase:
“it’s something to really think about.“
HOW DO WE CHANGE THIS PERCEPTION?
We make time to create TANGIBLE ANSWERS to the following questions:
What makes LIFE important to me?
Where do I search for VALUE in life? Is it my job performance, my relationship, my children’s development and welfare, my community or some combination of these or other personal choices?
Do I have any ASPIRATIONS? If not, why? If I do, what changes do I need to implement to make pursuing these aspirations a SUCCESSFUL REALITY?
How do I find JOY? One method is creating an ACTION PLAN that successfully answers the three questions above.
Transforming a life from mere existence to one filled with PASSION and PURPOSE is easier than one may realize. All it requires is a willingness to discover one’s EMOTIONAL NEEDS deep within and a personal commitment to apply ACTION STEPS to satisfy these needs. Of course, there’s always the alternative to do nothing. I guess for those who choose this path:
“it’s something to think about!”