A while back I had a conversation with a doctor I have not forgotten. “Most patients look at professional help purely as a last resort,” he said, “meaning once the pain gets unbearable, they finally come in. Sometimes I can help, but other times, it’s God’s business at that point. People are not very proactive when it comes to their personal lives. I don’t understand it. What wait? Why risk it?”
On some level, most of us expect our personal life to de-frag itself while we watch the wrinkles and flaws simply iron themselves out. We can easily see how this strategy has worked out. It certainly explains the alarming rate of depression, overwhelm, and chronic health problems in society today.
Why then, do we operate our lives like fire stations; passively waiting for disaster to strike before taking reactive measures? Why experience heartache before adapting our approach?
It is far more pleasurable to pander to our immediate desires or to procrastinate. There is also a thrill in creating/doing something new. But the same cannot be said about enforcing the ongoing behavior necessary to avoid disaster, and thus, induce a panic response.
Being proactive requires discipline, routine, and brutal self-honesty – not words commonly associated with pleasure. It’s challenging to exercise regularly, adhere to core values, eat healthy, honor commitments, and engage in personal reflection. Most things worth doing are.
While we cannot control every aspect of life, there is almost always something that can be done to strengthen ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Sure, we live in an incredibly fast paced society, but slowing down to plan ahead interrupts the reaction-cycle. We forget that not every situation or challenge requires a light-speed decision. Stop the cycle. Be proactive.
Be a Maverick,
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