Do I Really Have to Change?

Of course not, unless you want to keep the pain you’ve had for years; unless you want to continue feeling tired, sluggish, and fatigued; unless you aren’t concerned about your overall health; unless you want to continue in unhappy, non-supporting relationships.

We know we need to make changes in our life when our life is not bringing us joy, happiness, inner peace, physical vitality and a sense of “aliveness.”  But, who wants to do the arduous work of making changes?  Is it easier to just accept things as they are or is it better to begin to take an honest inventory of your life, to do a “life-scan” and honestly evaluate whether the current lifestyle you are leading is actually helping you live the life you would really love to live?

I get lots of phone inquiries from people who are looking for a quick fix for their health problems, but aren’t willing to spend the time, money and effort to make lasting changes that will promote better health.

A few weeks ago I received a call from a woman with high blood pressure. She wanted to know if I could guarantee her blood pressure would be normal by a certain date (a few weeks away) and without using traditional medications.  She had a sedentary job and was overweight.  Can you guess what my answer was?

Ultimately, you are the only one that can make the decision to change.  No medical doctor, health coach, teacher or guru can make the changes for you.  I am often amazed at the reasons/excuses people give for why they can’t or won’t change.  Often it comes from fear of the unknown and fear of failure. “I’ve tried to lose weight before, and it didn’t work.  I gave up trying.”

There is actually a science of change.  A few years ago while becoming certified as a Wellness inventory coach, part of our assignment was to read the book, “Changing for Good” by James Prochaska, PhD, John Norcross, PhD, and Carol Diclemente, PhD.  I took the time to summarize the basic principles of this amazing book.  If you would like to download a copy, please click here.

I am here to support and guide you through the critical changes you need to make in your life.  Just call me for a complimentary phone consultation: 303-986-0492.

 

Wanda J. Bedinghaus, MD

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