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BEING HONEST WITH YOURSELF The Choices Made to Better Your Health Abraham Lincoln was born Feb. 12, 1809. Throughout his life, Lincoln made positive impacts on the people around him, and his words and actions still inspire many. He led such an honest life that he earned the nickname “Honest Abe.” When it comes to being honest, I believe its value is self-evident. There are a lot of people who aren’t honest with themselves, whether about work, family, or health. The easiest thing to do is make excuses: People invent reasons why they don’t exercise regularly, eat healthy, or make healthy life decisions. What I find discouraging is that people know what they need to do to live a healthy life, they just chose not to . They know they need to eat better but decide instead to eat somewhere fast and easy because they lack the self- discipline to adequately plan their day. It’s easier to grab something on the way home instead of cooking a nutritionally balanced meal in your own kitchen, which is more beneficial to your health.
Am I exercising and stretching?
“When it comes to being honest, I believe its value is self-evident.”
Am I disciplined enough?
One thing that has helped me maintain my goals is writing them down. Research shows that writing down your goals makes you three times more likely to achieve them. If you’re having a hard time sticking with certain targets you set for yourself, getting them down on paper makes them real. The goals become clear, and you’re more likely to accomplish them quickly and with better results. One resource to learn more about goal setting and developing a written out plan is Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner. There’s a Lincoln quote that holds a lot of truth, and I believe it is especially true when it comes to taking care of your health: “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
I’m not saying I don’t struggle with these choices, too. Since becoming a father, I haven’t been as consistent with my exercise and workout routine as I was in the past. One of my resolutions is to get up at 4:30 every morning and start my day with an early workout. I’ve been doing this for quite a while, even though I’m not a morning person. Having the discipline to get up early has already freed up a lot of time in my daily schedule; plus I feel much better and more productive than I did before.
I believe a lot of people need to ask themselves a few relevant questions:
What am I doing to improve my health?
-Dr. Todd P. Sullivan
Am I eating out, or am I eating healthy?
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