How To Make Thriving Health Sustainable

How To Make Thriving Health Sustainable

Everything has a starting point:

  • Today’s a starting point for the new year.
  • Your career started with a decision.
  • Your marriage started with a first glance.
  • And as much as you might not like to think about it, you had a starting point. Just ask your parents!

Thriving health or lack there of is no different:

  • There was a conscious or unconscious point where you made the decision to thrive or merely survive in terms of health.

Thriving health is pretty simple to put your finger on. Your relationship with a healthy and sustainable lifestyle could be years or even decades in the making.

Or you might be at the very beginning. You aren’t convinced about sleeping more, eating better and training smarter just yet. And for you, a gym is the last place you’d go to seek out guidance or ask your pressing questions.

So where do you, the one’s with doubts and questions, go to for help? Where is it safe to speak up and ask about:

  • What’s the best way to lose weight, be healthy and still have time to take care of my family?
  • I’m on the road for work a lot. Is there a simple plan I can follow that helps me stay on track?
  • Can I lose the baby weight and regain my core strength so I can feel confident about my body again?
  • I feel I’m doing everything right, but I’m still not seeing any progress. Am I doing something wrong?
  • I’m not 25 anymore. Sleep is hard to come by. I don’t eat all that great. Where do I start?
With busy schedules and slipping motivation, it’s increasingly difficult to fight the passing of time as we seek to age well, be stronger, and feel better.

But on top of your health, nutrition and fat loss goals, you also have goals to:

  • be a better parent at home and leader at the office,
  • spend more time with friends and family,
  • take more vacations and be more present in your marriage,
  • read more books and develop your self awareness,
  • save more money, cut expenses, downsize life and spend less time on social media.
In a sea of too many goals, remember what renowned Hokkien Chinese writer, Lin Yutang, said: The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.

Status quo of today’s society:

We’re punished for good behavior (saying “no” – awkward in the moment) and rewarded for bad behavior (saying “yes” – celebrated in the moment).

Basically, we never outgrow high school peer pressure. The super connected world we live in has increased the strength of social pressure. Technology has lowered the barrier for others to share their opinion.

It’s not that we’re suffering from information overload.  We’re suffering from opinion overload.

So what’s the best starting point?

Ask yourself: Is this the most important thing I should be doing (eating, running, spinning, lifting, recovery, etc) with my time and resources right now to get me where I want to be?

  • Can’t answer a definitive yes – move on.
  • Feels self-indulgent at first.
  • Being selective restores quality of work.
Give yourself permission to stop doing it all. It’s not about how to get more things done; its about how to get the right things done.

As the starting point to a new year kicks off, my wish for you is this: 

Have the courage to risk entering the uncomfortable for the short-term. For when you do, you’ll find yourself more switched-on, more energetic and healthier for a lifetime.  
May this year be filled with fun times, good laughs and successful pursuits.

Here to support you along the way. Let me know if you have any questions.  

Brent Gallagher

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