Monday, February 15, 2010

Are You Working Your Way Through “Wellnessland?”

“I can’t believe THAT!” said Alice.
“Can’t you?” said the Queen in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”
Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said, “one can’t believe impossible things.”

"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." ~ Lewis Carroll Through the Looking Glass

And, now you’re wondering, maybe, what this has to do with wellness—specifically, LoneStart Wellness. Let’s start at the top—Believe it and you’ll see it! This is what LoneStart Wellness calls “Achieve and Believe.” You begin to achieve your goals, you begin to believe you can continue to achieve your goals, and you achieve even more.

Believe it, it’s not impossible. And when you begin to believe what you once thought impossible is actually possible, you are working your way through “wellnessland,” a wondrous place indeed.

But, how do you get there in the first place, short of falling down a rabbit hole or stepping through a looking glass? Well, this part of the journey does start with a first step—and it’s a step in the right direction. But, it can also be the part of false starts, failed attempts and perhaps the part where you decide it’s time to give up.

“I should see the garden far better,” said Alice to herself, “if I could get to the top of that hill: and here's a path that leads straight to it—at least, no, it doesn't do that – (after going a few yards along the path, and turning several sharp corners), “but I suppose it will at last. But how curiously it twists! It's more like a corkscrew than a path! Well, this turn goes to the hill, I suppose—no, it doesn't! This goes straight back to the house! Well then, I'll try it the other way.”

But, don’t give up. LoneStart Wellness is the “other way.”

To reach “Wellnessland” you first have to believe in your ability to do so, and believe it, you can. The road to Wellnessland is yours’, and it becomes a part of your individual and personal reality. It becomes real—and you make it real by creating the vision of what you want to achieve, believing it is possible, and taking the actions (those first steps) to make it real.

And this is why the road to Wellnessland is a personal journey. You alone know what LoneStart calls your “personal motivational triggers.” Your motivational triggers may be very different from anyone else’s. What makes them real for you is exactly what will drive you to achieve your goals, and this is the same path each of us takes. It’s an individual journey—even though we can share the road along the way, each of us perhaps with a slightly different “reality” of what we will accomplish on our journey to Wellnessland. What you will accomplish is what you may have started out believing was “impossible.” Now, you can believe the impossible. You have achieved, you believe, and you are in Wellnessland.

“Oh how glad I am to get here!” said Alice. “And what is this on my head? How can it have got there without my knowing it?” It was a golden crown.

When you reach Wellnessland, you too will find a “golden crown.” And you’ll know exactly how “it got there.”

LoneStart Wellness would like to acknowledge and thank Lewis Carroll for providing the inspiration for this post.

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