Hot topic time!
This one is our mighty why (…on earth we bother to do something) 1 and can apply to any area of our entire well-being.
For me – I’ve had plenty of experience with it in relation to my physical health.
Back in 1989, I started to make health-adjustments for the better, especially with what I was eating. My nudge in this direction was a hefty one, given I’d just been told I had 3 years to live unless I took medication every day for the rest of my life.
Fortunately, I found a mentor who taught me the value of thinking about the food and LifeStyle options that might serve my body better.
Although by heck! Easy it wasn’t!
I remember feeling like it was all way too hard, and I actually ‘spit the dummy’ (very ‘New Zealand’!) about it…aka I had what-felt-like-a-constant tantrum for about the first three months.
Because even when we want to do something, will power can only get us so far. We need a step by step process and feedback loop with someone who’s got a clue, to create lifelong changes.
What I experienced, and what I’ve found with many of my clients, is that firstly I needed to plug back in to the reason I wanted to do it in the first place and to be less extreme about the changes I was aiming to make so quickly.
When I took a more manageable approach, the changes became more palatable and sustainable. And the results I started to get gave me a booster to continue.
For me, the dietary changes I made, which included weaning myself off dairy products and introducing several clinically-proven Nutritionals, mean I no longer have chronic sinus congestion, wheezing and regular migraines. I also notice that I basically no longer get sick and have more energy; have less joint pain and period pains; and, remarkably, my general mood lifted as I experienced fewer emotional peaks and troughs.
As always I’d love to hear if you’ve found it valuable to delve into the reason you bother to do whatever it is you do. So do go ahead and message me – it makes my day to hear from you.
Until then, keep sharing your sunshine and I’ll see you on this week’s #AliveWithFi
1 It’s hard to make changes. Yet, being clear on why we’re doing something gives us a reason to push through struggles: “knowing your why is an important first step in figuring out how to achieve the goals that excite you and create a life you enjoy living (versus merely surviving!).” “Do You Know Your “Why”? 4 Questions to Find Your Purpose” M. Warrell (2013)
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O, is The LifeStyle Aligner, with over 27 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified osteopath, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador. She loves to globe-trot with her husband Chris (NZ, Australia, USA, UK + Europe and Indonesia are current favourites) relishing an outdoor lifestyle and time with family and friends.