Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Knock - Knock

What do you do with the opportunities that come knocking on your door? More importantly, do you recognize them as opportunities? The thing about opportunity is it’s always there, but it isn’t always obvious.

In many ways, wellness is an opportunity.  This is exactly why we are LoneStartNow—You alone must make a start, and there’s no better time than now. An unhealthy lifestyle is the primary factor in the six leading causes of death in the United States – heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory diseases, accidents, and diabetes – which collectively account for over 70 percent of all deaths.

Your wellness opportunity is waiting for you to take charge of it and make the most of it. And, you have everything you need to do just that. The only variable that counts is you—what you’re willing to believe you can accomplish. Keep in mind, your goal is not to define the healthy lifestyle you’re after by your “wants,” but rather by what you believe. This is “the why” of what wellness means to each of us individually. Inside each of us is a person capable of achieving great things—at least great to us. And, that’s where it all starts. We are a result of the choices we make every day. 

We can change our lives for the better by taking responsibility for our choices. This is what we call the Power of Self. If you look at truly productive individuals, a common trait emerges. They don’t point out why things can’t be done—they create opportunities to achieve their goals. 

Tapping in to the power of self means exerting control over your life and your lifestyle behaviors. Easier said than done? Not really. All things positive, or negative, start from within. It’s how we choose to treat them that takes them where they go, and make us who we are.

So the next time a wellness opportunity comes knocking, keep in mind that positive change can bring immense self-satisfaction—you just have to know how to go about it. Most of us are faced with doing the best we can with what we know. When we know better, we do better. 

We’re talking about what we can do to improve and sustain our long-term health and wellness. And yes, we can all benefit from healthier behaviors, and we can all be part of the healthcare solution rather than part of the problem. Given the choice—the opportunity—which would you choose?

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