If you are like many people, knowing that you may live to 100 could give you the motivation to make lasting changes to your life today, so you can enjoy those changes for decades. Think about it, how many times have you said Happy New Year to family, friends and coworkers with the intention of making those changes? How many times have you made promises to yourself on your birthday? Most of us know the things we need to do and the things we need to change. The question is why don’t we follow through?
To ensure that this is your best year ever, there may be some things that you need to change and you probably already know what they are. Are they the same things you were thinking about last year? This time, let’s make these changes your new lifestyle.
To make changes that last, you will need to consciously decide what your primary motivation is. Will you be crisis motivated or quality of life motivated?
Crisis motivation is caused by pain or suffering that has become so bad it forces you to take action. Crisis motivators include a health scare such as a heart attack, herniated disc or being diagnosed with a disease. Crisis motivation can also come from not being able to wear your clothes because they don’t fit anymore. Divorce, bankruptcy and a job lay-off are also crisis motivators that may get you moving and motivate you to make the changes that are inevitable. Crisis motivation may force you to do something different and make a change, but unless you actually choose a new path consciously, it will not lead to lasting change.
Quality of life motivation is about choosing a compelling future that is exciting to you. Quality of life motivation is inspired by the desire to live your best life today and every day. Think about what you want and the kind of life you want to live.
Do you want to be healthy? Do you want a healthy relationship? Do you want to perform well at work or in sports? Do you want to use your talents every day. What causes matter to you? What type of people do you want to spend time with? How do you want to be treated?
Quality of life motivation will lead you from survival to a life where you are thriving and living your ideal 100 Year Lifestyle.
Too many people live from one crisis to another crisis and never make the critical transition to the quality of life they truly want and deserve. We see this in patients who return year after year with the same condition only its more chronic and has more deterioration. How many years will you let pass by before you make your health a priority and make quality of life your primary motivator?
People that have made the critical transition from crisis care to lifestyle care are enjoying a much healthier quality of life and are optimizing their potential with their choices. They make healthy eating a lifestyle. They make being fit a lifestyle. They make healthy posture a lifestyle. Head off the next inevitable crisis. Let your quality of life motivate make your best life last to 100 and beyond!