Maya Angelou said it best, “When you know better, you do better.”
The last two letters of H•U•B•A stand for believing and acting:
3) BELIEVING that you can cause, or are causing, destructive consequences can help you stay focused on your healthy program. It’s necessary in order to make life-enhancing changes. Understanding what and how health problems are caused can help you turn into the direction of healthy living. Believing that you can actually cause healthy changes to occur by doing the right things is enlightening. Believing gives hope that you can actually make a difference in your own life.
Remember this, it is not so much the words said or read, but what we hear, that creates the change. What we hear, understand, and believe gives more motivation to take action.
4) ACTING in a new and healthy way will be a result of applying the first three steps, hearing, understanding and believing, which can work together to increase motivation to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions. You can then recognize the relationship between your health and these two very essential and critical actions:
- Healthy eating
- Regular exercise
Hopefully craving health more than junk food will be the happy outcome.
Aligning intention with action is key. How can it be otherwise? Naturally, knowing the need to cut down on the junk food calories is helpful information. But, then eating too much junk food anyway is not acting with the body’s best interest in mind, because information without transformation is pointless.
The result of your actions, good or bad, will eventually show up in health reports. Therefore, when you know what you need to do, but continue to regularly eat all that junk food anyway, unfortunately the result will speak for itself. Add to that not exercising, and the resulting consequences may not be pretty.
For example, most people know that diabetes is a slow and insidious disease of destruction. The resulting health problems need attention. It takes clear firm decision-making and perseverance to help prevent its onset and even lessen its destructiveness.
Making and keeping resolutions involves change, change of old thinking patterns and ineffective habits into new and healthier habits. Actually doing and accomplishing each one must first include a change in mental attitude. The thought process might go like this, “I want to, I need to, I will try to,” and then change to, “I am going to, and I am putting them on my goal list and am doing them today, and every day.” A vision of what you want to be and how you want to look and feel must be in the forefront of your mind each day.
In the wise words of King Solomon, “Where there is no vision, there is no restraint.”* Keep the vision, and keep on keepin’ on.
I took the image of our dear cat, Sammy, who was the most relaxed cat who could sleep anywhere. He had not a worry in the world, had very good health, and had no desire to make any resolutions.
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