Updated: Jun 29
We live in a culture of immediate gratification. We want to feel good now. The problem with that is, it makes us soft. Many of us have no will power because we are always feeding on the things that feel good in the now, rather than doing the hard things and having a reward in the future.
The real answer to this problem is self control. If you can control your actions, most problems in health would be solved. But self control isn't always easy. There are so many factors at play that are not just controlled by you. Life is complicated sometimes and it can be tough to make the right choices. But if making the right choices now means setting yourself up well later, it is well worth it!
Actions start in the mind. The only way we will be able to control our actions is if we have control of our thoughts. Most people think about health as just behavior modification. They think about the things they shouldn't do to be healthy. Don't eat that cookie. Don't miss a workout. Don't eat processed foods. Don't smoke.
Instead of focusing on the things you shouldn't do, you should focus on the things you should do to be healthy. When you focus on the don'ts of health, you never actually gain ground because they get your mind off of the things you need to be doing.
If you are thinking rightly about health, then your actions will reflect that mindset. Health is about renewing the mind and letting your actions flow from that mindset. The Bible talks about being transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:1-2). This is the goal in health. That we would have the right habits created so that our healthy actions flow from a healthy mind.
Practice delayed gratification. Doing the things now that may be hard, but will pay off in the future! I know life can get crazy and not everything is in your control. But as much as depends on you, make the right choices to create the right habits, that will be the solid foundation for a healthy lifestyle.