The Ability to Change


We each have our own routines and ways of doing things.  Often times, we are so familiar with our ways, that we can do most things as if on auto pilot. Of course this means we aren’t fully engaged, which becomes problematic when it negatively affects our  significant other, family, and friends. It may even sting, which it negatively impacts our  health, fitness, finances, and career.  What do we do when we are not achieving what we want in these areas?  Do something different.  Pick up some books, do some research and ask a person who possesses the qualities you are working toward.  This part is easy, especially now with the internet making everything and everyone easily accessible.  The difficult part, is the ability and willingness to make a change. 


According to Dr. Edward Miller “If you look at people after coronary-artery bypass grafting two years later, 90% of them have not changed their lifestyle. And that’s been studied over and over and over again. And so we’re missing some link in there. Even though they know they have a very bad disease and they know they should change their lifestyle, for whatever reason, they can’t.”  This is a very startling fact.  Why are people not able to make changes even when their life depends on it?  Simple. Their habits are ingrained mentally and emotionally, and they believe that they cannot live any other way. 


If this is the case, then how do we stay flexible while 90% of the population remains stagnant?  I believe that it starts with your attitude.  Because most people are unwilling to trying new things, when they are presented with a situation where they must change, they don’t.  If you are open to trying new restaurants, activities, adventures or even meeting new people, there is a higher chance that you will embrace life style changes if you need to.  When people get set in what they do, what they eat and where they’ll venture to go, they limit their experiences mentally and emotionally. As a result, when they need to make changes, they are unable to do it. 


The key here is to keep our bodies healthy and strong so that we can adapt to whatever happens to us.  When we get sick and weak, our willpower fades and return to what we have always done–in most cases that isn’t doing you any favors. Position yourself for change!




Donny Mateaki

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