Dig down for a second.
Are you living those values?
Deep health is a matter of meeting your expectations in all dimensions of health: physical, mental, emotional, relational, environmental, and existential.
View the diagram below for a description of each of these.
Being out of sync with your values in any of those dimensions will impact feeling healthy and living your best life.
The connection between the brain (psychology) and body (physiology) is important. The brain is the body.
Knowing what’s important to us and why gives humans direction and purpose. How well you’re aligned to a psychological set of values will show up biologically in body health. The reverse is also true, that biological health deeply affects psychological health.
Strong values are powerful.
Living according to strong values can make life and good health flow, seemingly effortlessly.
The “5 Whys” exercise aims to cut to the core motivations: the deepest reasons for why you want what you want.
“I want to lose weight.”
That’s a lot of insight for a few little questions.
For this client, losing fat really meant being in charge of life.
That’s a crucial insight.
They’re not just looking for a smaller pair of pants (or a lower weight on the scale).
They also want to feel a certain way at the end of the process. More confident. More assertive. More in control.
That’s what’s fundamentally important to them, and that’s what the most enduring motivation will be, through the most difficult obstacles and resistance.
Pant sizes and weight loss can still be an important piece. They’re a way to measure a journey towards confidence and a sense of control.
Deeply. Give it some thought. Be honest.
See what your “5 Whys” might be, by answering the following questions.
(Remember that each answer builds on the one before it.)
Once you have your answer, you have defined your purpose for making changes in your life. This is what is fundamentally important to you.
You will most certainly meet challenges along the way. That’s a part of the journey. When it gets difficult you can always reflect and look back on your purpose.