We are in the second week of January and there is still so much talk about new years resolutions and making changes to our lifestyles and habits. Once again, it is a perfect time to begin new habits by Rooting Yourself in Positive Beliefs! In my practice, I have had lots of opportunities to observe the difference between success and failure in making healthy lifestyle changes
Let me give you an example to illustrate how powerful it can be to root yourself in positive beliefs. Since it is a new year and many of us will make a resolution to eat better, I will choose two patients that came in for weight loss in 2016.
Patient One came to the office wanting to lose weight for multiple health reasons. This patient had tried unsuccessfully to lose weight in the past. They inaccurately believed that they had no will power over food choices. Their spouse was not supportive of their goals and they had close friends who joked with them that they wouldn’t last 2 weeks on their new routine. Negative beliefs from their own thoughts and their support networks, swirled around them. At the end of the month, they reported that obstacles had derailed their efforts to stay on course. They were feeling discouraged and disappointed.
Now let’s look at another scenario.
Patient Two is excited for change. They are tired of feeling bad and they are ready to try something that will make them feel better. This patient comes in and tells me they have been looking up meal planning on Pinterest and they can’t wait to try recipes for healthier lunches to take to the office. We come up with a plan to deal with obstacles they have encountered in the past so they can overcome them this time around. At the end of the month, they report they have more energy and they have even lost a few pounds.
A positive belief is not an airy-fairy hope that things will work out for us. In my practice we use positive thinking to problem solve difficult or longstanding issues before us. Once you have specific tools to figure out how to handle your obstacles you can have success in any and all areas of your life.
Thoughts are powerful! If we include the power of positive thinking as part of our plan then we can achieve our goals. If you need help in creating your plan, contact the office for a 30-minute discovery call.
Dr. Dae sighting this month. Join the fun!
Jan 5th corporate lecture on meal planning – private lecture
Jan 24th – corporate lecture on diabetes
Jan 25th – Northwestern Alumni Association Webinar
January 31st – First Class of Dr. Dae’s a Life Worth Living Course – Live in DC Area or Webinar access everywhere else. Space is limited in the live class so register now.
To Your One Sweet Life,