The Value of Health
I wholeheartedly believe that instead of placing a cost on our health, we should be placing value on our health. When you change that single word from cost to value, it changes the entire meaning. What once appeared to be a luxury, such as a gym membership or personal trainer, now becomes an investment. What was previously treated as indispensable, such as medication, now becomes unnecessary.
I know, I know, it can’t be that easy right? Maybe it can be. When you look at something as adding value rather than costing something (time, money, energy, etc.), it becomes much easier to view it as important. Take exercise. So many people view exercise as an activity they HAVE to do (but really don’t enjoy) and just go through the motions. When you look at it this way, as something that is taking time away from things you enjoy doing (the cost), it’s no wonder exercise takes a back seat to almost everything else on your to do list! But when you reframe it as something you GET to do because it makes you feel better and allows you do the things you love (the value), exercise becomes something that you build into your day and actually begin to look forward to.
The truth of the matter is that we build our lives around what we value, not around what we pay. So, when we start to look at our health as something of value, we begin to change our priorities, which then results in a change in behavior and ultimately better health.
One of the biggest obstacles to finding value in our health are excuses. Excuses are what we use to defend the viewpoint that our health costssomething and when a solution is provided, value is exposed, and this scares us. It scares us because it means that what we’ve always thought is true isn’t and if it isn’t true then we have to do something different. If I can make myself believe that the cost is too high by coming up with an excuse, then I can avoid finding value and escape having to change anything about my life. The cold, hard truth is that excuses are worthless. If you give me an excuse I will give you a solution, but let’s be honest, you don’t really want the solution because that means you have to view your current situation differently and face reality.
So, why share this with you? Because I want to challenge you to look at your health in a different light. I want you to take back control of your health and challenge those around you to do the same.
Here is an exercise you can do to bring awareness to your values and determine if you are living according to these values or need to make some changes:
Find a quiet place to reflect and write down the values most important to you.
Next, find someone you are close to and comfortable with (spouse, parent, best friend, etc.) and ask them to name the values you hold dear based on their interactions with you.
Compare the two values lists. Are they the same or different? If they are different, why?
Think about your daily life – does what you do each day reflect the values that you listed in the first step? If not, what can you do today to start living in alignment with your values?
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