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The Risky Business of Lifestyle Changes

If you’re contemplating making a change in some area of your life, if you are aware of a problem that is interfering in some way, what could hold you back from determining that the time for change is now? Why do we so often stick with business as usual rather than working to create a better situation for ourselves? It’s always easier to stick with what we know and making a change is never easy, but have you considered that there are risks to change which may be holding you back, even from a change that you want to make? risky business

Taking an honest look at the possible cons of making a change, and comparing to the pros, is part of the stage of Contemplation and moving yourself. Planning to mediate any negative consequences of these possible risks is part of the stage of Preparation, and will enable you to be more successful in making a change in your life. Consider a change you are contemplating in your own life; are any of these commons risks applicable to that change? What can you do to prevent problems as you are focusing on creating an environment conducive to the change you want?

Relationship Every relationship in your life can be compared to a partner dance. Whether it’s your mother, your best friend, a coworker, or your partner, that person is used to you the way you are. Hopefully, the people closest to you are your supports and will encourage any positive change. Unfortunately, when your change impacts them, sometimes the people in your life, whether intentionally or unintentionally, try to pull you back into the familiar dance steps. If you start bringing your lunch to work, how will that impact the coworker with whom you go to Taco Bell every other day? If you commit to saving money, you may not be able to spend as much time with your shopaholic friend who encourages you to spend.

Health Likely the majority of DietsInReview readers, you are contemplating a change that could improve health, but you could also be risking your health to some degree. Ask Bernie what it was like when he first started working out at the ranch. Perhaps you have an old injury that you fear inflaming. You’ve heard it before; talk to your doctor about any possible health risks of a lifestyle change. Your doctor wants you to be healthier and can help you find a way to make it work for you.

Financial Fresh fruits and vegetables can be more costly than Ramen, and you actually risk them spoiling unlike Twinkies, which I’ve been told never go stale. A gym membership, running shoes, and even workout wear can all be fairly costly. Can you compare those costs to the possible costs (medications, doctors, illnesses) of continuing an unhealthy lifestyle?

Are there other risks come to your mind or could apply to your considered change? What can you do to mediate these possible cons and remain focused on the goals you have set?

Per Dr. Phil… Locus of Control is actually under this first key on his website, but it definitely needs more explanation. I’ll try to get that done tomorrow.

September 23rd, 2008

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