The comforts of a diseasing lifestyle
One of the biggest lessons I learned about people as a physician is this:
People are not motivated by logic. Nor by death (but this is because people usually will not face their eventual death)
There is no doubt that changing certain aspects of your life is really good for health:
1) Not ingesting toxins (tobacco, etc)
2) Getting adequate physical activity
3) Getting the right nutrition
4) Getting adequate sleep
5) Having meaningful interactions
And most patients I have seen as a primary care doctor pretty much know these too.
But they don't do it.
You know what, many doctors probably don't follow the above advice either.
Sometimes it's less painful to go about living out bad habits than to challenge ourselves to be aware of our inner conflicts: emotions, beliefs, thoughts, fears, etc.
People prefer to stay snug in the comforts of their diseasing lifestyle than to face themselves and the dissonance with their soul because it simply disturbs our sense of what we think is our "self."
Reason helps, logic is useful, but in the end, patients (and doctors for that matter) need a revelation, epiphany, a "ah-ha" moment that stirs up the entire body, mind, spirit, heart...
Self-awareness and self-management would be helpful here...
Here is one tactic that works to shake up one's life. First imagine that you will die at the age 80 ... (unless you are over age 80...)
1) What would be written in your obituary or said in your eulogy based on you continuing to live your current lifestyle, actions, behaviors, path, direction, self. And don't include just the good stuff.
2) What would be written in your obituary or said in your eulogy based on you living a purposeful, meaningful life in which you pursue and accomplish your vision.
Share your thoughts ... or your obituary / eulogy!