Last week we opened our mini-series of wellness by looking at just a few things that God says about people as his creation. These truths from the Bible are the baseline for all other choices concerning our health. Seeing ourselves as God see us changes the way we pursue wellness. His word is our foundation.
Wellness is a rich word with endless avenues to pursue. Google defines wellness as “the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.” Especially as an actively pursued goal. The very definition of wellness indicates that we must know what we are aiming for.
Direction. Purpose. Intentionality.
With the reminders from last week as a base, consider these 4 game-changers as we continue to gain a better understanding of wellness.
Your why must be bigger than your what. Why is the fuel that keeps us doing the what. Exercise is important. But why do you want to start exercising? Eating a balanced diet is certainly beneficial. But why do you want to change the way you eat? When you start changing habits, your why will be the difference between another failed attempt at progress or a lasting, lifestyle change. As you take a look at your own life, discover why you do what you do. The bigger the why is, the easier the what is.
Consider second- and third-order consequences. This one is not original to me but I love it. A guy named Chris Baily shared the idea from billionaire Ray Dalio’s book Principles. The impact of applying this concept is immeasurable. In short, first-order consequences are easy to think about. The cake looks good. I eat the cake. Consequently, I feel good. Second-and third-order consequences consider how one might feel an hour later or the next day. The same could be said of exercise. First-order consequence: I hurt. Second- and third-order consequences, I feel great afterwards and over time become stronger. In other words, think through the entire choice, not just momentary feelings.
Become a goal setter. The very definition of wellness demands that we have a purpose in mind. Evaluate where you are, where you want to go and set a few objectives. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely. Consider discussing with your spouse or a close friend. Where do you want to be in 1 month, 1 year or in 10 years? Develop goals, write them down (this is key!) and position them in a frequently seen place.
Budget your time. Dave Ramsey is the leader in teaching people how to get out of debt. He speaks often about budgets and giving every dollar a name. But budgets go beyond dollars and cents. Living with intentionality means budgeting time and actions by giving every minute an assignment. Before all you spontaneous-loving people have a conniption, hear me out. Obviously life happens and not everything is in our control. But a lot of stress and chaos comes from lack of planning. Be aware of potential interruptions and budget for the day’s needs accordingly.
Living with intentionality results in energy and verve. Staying motivated is difficult at times but knowing where you are headed and why provides the motivation to move forward anyway. When you don’t feel like continuing your pursuit of wellness, remember this. Feelings follow action.
It’s time to start chasing wellness. On purpose.