In my previous post, I mentioned that the Proactive Health Solution provides a tremendous avenue for health education and personal growth, but it always leaves the power of choice where it belongs—in your hands. Whether it’s the person you marry, the profession you choose, the school your kids attend, or what you decide to eat, life is all about choices. Essentially, our life decisions are determined by what we consider important. Whenever we think proactively, we exercise this power of choice. In any circumstance, we have the freedom to choose our own response based upon our priorities and value system. Reactive people however, do not behave according to personal choices or established values; instead they react to feelings, conditions, circumstances, and their environment. In Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People; he provides an outstanding illustration of this distinction. People who are reactive will feel bad if the weather is bad, but “proactive people carry their own weather with them.”
To manage your life effectively, you must proactively exercise this power of choice. Being proactive is the first PHS principle that I introduce as part of the Lifestyle Management component. Though there is much to learn about this principle, people who want to be healthy make the liberating choice to value their health. Consequently, their healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors yield obvious benefits. Did you know that to a startling degree, much of what is attributed to aging and the deterioration of health can be controlled through diet and exercise? On the other hand, poor choices, neglect, and bad habits give rise to plenty of complex health challenges. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and several types of cancers. It puts more wear and tear on the joints and greater pressure on the heart; it causes more sick days and lost productivity and results in exorbitant medical expenses.
The medical profession is there to help us, but there’s so much we can do to become healthy by being proactive. To quote Og Mandino: “Use wisely your power of choice.” Simple but profound. If you really want to be healthy, but are struggling with losing weight, staying motivated or gaining any sort of discipline then read: The Proactive Health Solution! Don’t worry—just like a tree doesn’t grow overnight, developing healthy behaviors, doesn’t either. This book will teach you how to uproot bad habits, plow the soil, sow good seed and nurture yourself. The power of making this awesome choice is yours!
Proverbs 14:8: “The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.”