“Men should pledge themselves to nothing; for reflection makes a liar of their resolution.”
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Sophocles
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imageResolutions proclaimed with a belly full of whiskey only lead to headaches and empty promises.

It may be clear by now that resolutions are similar to diets because they do not work.

This is most often true when the resolution bombast is the diet! Resolutions are notoriously short-term.

Diets are based on weight loss versus lifestyle changes – which promotes a series of cyclical events instead of the process necessary for lasting change.

The same principle is applicable to the countless proclamations by people to commence a fitness program each January.

If you inadvertently stuck your foot in your mouth – or your head up your ass – know that humans have the capacity to change their behavior. Whether or not one does it simply highlights one’s belief system.

In order to truly change, adapt and grow we must commit to taking the appropriate action. This is often easier said than done but it also signifies your level of commitment.

Talk is cheap and the excuses are endless.

Wellness is about possibilities not pathology. The multidimensional approach to wholeness is often a better starting point for most people.They just do not see it.

Wellness is about accountability.

You must be willing to embrace the opportunities beyond your comfort zone to challenge your resolve and discover the person you were born to become.

Risk represents the catalyst for your growth.
Are you playing it safe?
Why?

The wellness field has undergone is own transformation in its brief history. Halbert L. Dunn wrote a gem in 1961 titled High Level Wellness that resonated only with visionaries in the health-related fields.

It fractured the presumption that health is the absence of disease.

Dunn posited that health is a matter of mind, body and spirit that synergistically weaved personal, social and environmental wholeness.

The concept of wellness proliferated in the mid-1970s from the pioneering genius of Jack Travis, Don Ardell, Robert Allen, Bill Hetler among others.

These gurus brilliantly merged the psychological principles of behavioral and developmental change with the neglected vein of preventative/preventive health.

The relationship between health and behavior yielded the fact that our lifestyle choices profoundly impact our health. The mindset shift is outlined in the classic book by Michael Arloski, PhD, PCC, titled Wellness Coaching for Lasting Lifestyle Change.

Prescribe and Treat

Wellness is steeped in the medical tradition. Wellness in its infancy was sucked into the diagnose, prescribe and treat model still implemented by the medical community.  Vitamin Pills2

The prescribe and treat mindset was designed to function in medical cases when remedial care is necessary – absent behavioral compliance by the patient.

This model is replete with challenges. Telling someone what to do is ineffective.

The National Pharmaceutical Council estimates that non-compliance with medications costs the health care system in the United States more than one billion dollars per year. Optimal health – whether in a treatment situation or wellness environment – will only be achieved through client/patient compliance.

Wellness is more than an intake questionnaire. Wellness is much more than treating symptoms. Wellness consulting is a powerful alliance in which clients are empowered to take charge of their health during their lifelong journey.

Implementing the prescribe and treat method in wellness would imply that something is wrong with the client.

imageEducate and Implore

Many wellness professionals forsake the medical approach and opt instead to improve health by providing its clientele with the best possible health information.

This model tends to become overwhelming for the client due to the inundation of material to scour.

The information provided is most often exceptional, however, expecting the client to follow  through versus shoving it in a drawer for eternity is a stretch.

Information alone is ineffective when lifestyle behavioral change is the desired outcome.

Health educators are trained to provide an abundance of material in a creative, caring and amicable manner but imploring the client or group of clients to impart behavioral changes therefrom is often futile.

Wellness consulting is a lot more than hoping the clients will take action to transform their lives.

Advocate and Inspire

Wellness consulting affirms the stance as an advocate or guide for the health and well-being of the client; to support growth and development.

Consultants and coaches do not motivate clients. Motivation is external. The desire to transform one’s life must be internal. You must be inspired not motivated to commit to change.

A pacer does not run the race for an ultra-endurance runner, A Sherpa does not climb the mountain for the corporate junkie who paid a boatload of money to get out of the office. They guide these participants to complete their respective endeavors.

Getting the job done must come from within the client or nothing is accomplished. The client has to truly desire change. Knowing they will not be going solo enhances their chances of success.

The wellness consultant operates with a fundamentally different mindset – s/he is poised to stand with the client, stand by the client and stand next to the client as his/her guide.

The client will be held accountable but also knows that s/he has an ally to lend support en route to the summit of lasting lifestyle change.

It is clear that preventive health care is much less glamorous and profitable than disease management. Until the medical school curriculum is changed treating symptoms will remainX1 the focus of health care.

Mopping the floor when your sink is overflowing with water does not address the causation. Naturopathic medicine turns off the faucet.

It is well-documented that the Standard American Diet [SAD] is linked to the proliferation of chronic and degenerative diseases. Nutrition is the cornerstone of all dimensions of wellness.

Plant-based nutrition has the profound and vastly underestimated ability to maintain health, prevent and reverse chronic and degenerative diseases; yet, the vast majority of people continue to eat from the SAD menu.

Would you put sand in your vehicle’s gas tank to improve its performance?

You can declare resolutions forever or you can make the decision to transform your life. You can sit on your hands and bitch about your circumstances or you can take action and change your life.

The Latin meaning of decision is to “cut off.” The implication is that you no longer have a Plan B or any other out-clause available. A decision means finality. Excuses are no longer acceptable.

In order to play a bigger game you have to elevate your commitment. Wellness is about being accountable. Your results represent the by-product of your cognitive and behavior tendencies.

How are those tendencies serving you respective to optimal health and manifesting all that you desire from life?

There are several dimensions to wellness. Each dimension needs to become whole before coming full circle. Addressing only a few of these dimensions will not suffice.

When you mindfully commit to implementing changes you will soon understand the difference between effort and struggle. This is the beginning of self-actualization.

Wellness is a choice.

As for resolutions,,,

“I shall stick to my resolution of writing always what I think no matter whom it offends.
~Julia Ward Howe
 

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Jeff Kildahl

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Jeff Kildahl is a writer, author, educator, researcher, and wellness consultant advancing preventive health care by synthesizing primary source nutrition and fitness as the principal components of the practice of medicine.

Kildahl is a sponsored vegan ultra-endurance athlete credentialed in bioenergetics, biomechanics, metabolic efficiency™ testing, sport nutrition, and natural medicine. He is a dynamic member of CUBE™ ~ a professional speakers group ~ empowering others to harmonize the "Keys to Living in the Song of Life."

He is the wellness editor at Snowshoe Magazine, United States Snowshoe Association columnist, and contributor to health, fitness and wellness sites, blogs and publications.

Kildahl is the creator and president of The Wholistic Edge® ~ a visionary firm providing synergistic solutions to transcend health, performance, and potential in life and sport from the inside out via the principles of Performance Medicine™ ~ http://thewholisticedge.com.