Insanity has been defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
Sadly, I witness this all too often when it comes to people’s health. They aren’t willing to change anything about their lifestyle but expect dramatic improvement in their health when they pop a pill or taking some medicine. You can’t keep doing the same thing and expect a different result (it’s insane). This is why our world has more disease and things like cancer are on the rise.
If you are expecting a better health outcome, you have to change your behavior (lifestyle). In order to change your long-term behavior, you have to change your belief.
Ultimately, the greatest change comes when someone changes their belief. An example would be a family member of mine who was diagnosed with cancer. Option 1 was to feel bad about herself, think she is “unlucky,” have the cancer cut out, get radiation, and then go on with the same lifestyle that permitted the cancer to form in the first place. Option 2 is to realize her body was weak, which allowed the cancer to grow in the first place, and make the changes needed to strengthen her body.
She chose option 2. Great choice.
Paramount to that change lasting long-term is a changed belief. She needs to continue to be empowered instead of taking on an apathetic victim mentality. She needs to continue believing she is a co-creator in her health and her body was created to be strong and healthy, not weak and diseased. Her belief will largely create her thoughts and actions. Her belief will be the greatest predictor in her long-term success.
As you move forward this week, I encourage you to look at areas where you want to see progress in your life and examine which beliefs and actions need to change. Whether it’s your marriage or your health, you are a co-creator in it all. Don’t be insane. Do something different and expect a better outcome.
Dr. Matt Tonnos
God, Family, Food, Exercise, and Health Strategy for People. Full time Doctor, Dad, and Husband. When I’m not interacting with patients, playing with my kids, or exercising at home with my wife, Dr. Amy Culver, you can find me reading books, enjoying a strong cup of coffee, and investing in new start-ups. Remember, if you’re not moving it, you’re losing it.