Have you been telling yourself that you need to get in better shape and are you having a hard time getting motivated? If so, you might have tried saying positive affirmations or giving yourself pep talks or even using creative visualization exercises. However, if all of these have failed you then there is one more motivational strategy which is certain to deliver results EVERY time. That strategy is leveraging the emotion of fear to motivate yourself to take better care of your body…
Why You Should Make Friends with Fear
Here is a question for you: If a two ton truck was barreling towards you at 55 mph, how motivated would you be to get out of the road? Surely this is a no brainer for just about anyone. After all, the thought of being plowed over by an 18 wheeler is enough to terrify anyone and motivate them to take action. So while it may be tempting to regard fear as negative, fear can actually be your best friend when it comes to fueling positive action.
In fact, if that which you fear is intense and urgent enough, there is almost nothing that it can’t motivate you to do. Considering this, why not use the compelling force of fear as a motivator towards transforming your health? Here is a simple way to get started doing this today…
Step One: Identify the Fearful Consequences of Poor Health Habits
The first step to using fear as a motivator to master your health is to be realistic with yourself about the potential consequences of poor health. Here are just a few examples to start with:
- Heart Failure
- Chronic Renal Failure
- Certain types of Cancer
- Liver Disease
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Lymph Edema
- Gallbladder Disease
While it might seem “negative” to give attention to such things, it’s important to remember that denial is one of the biggest obstacles to taking action. Positive thinking might be good for your mind. However, your body is an organic system which is governed by unchangeable principles and you don’t get to decide how that works.
Being honest with yourself about the consequences of unhealthy living will compel you to take action towards avoiding those consequences. And as you know, positive action will be more likely to bring you results much faster than positive thinking will.
Make the Fear of Negative Consequences Real
It has been scientifically verified that people are quicker to act upon thoughts which they become emotionally involved in. Therefore, the next step to using fear as a motivational tool is to make the fear of negative consequences real to you. For example, consider one of the consequences from the earlier list: Diabetes.
Do some research on the impact which the disease of Diabetes has on the human body. For example, Type-Two Diabetes can cause gangrenous limbs to form. This is when blood flow is constricted to one of your limbs and the limb dies and begins to rot from the inside out. Go on the internet and look up pictures and read case studies about gangrenous limbs. Read the sad stories of those who have had these dead limbs removed by means of amputation.
Do this with three or four of the consequences on the previous list. In fact, you can even write a brief research article about them. Do what you must to make the painful consequences of ill health REAL in your mind. Chances are that before you’re even finished with the list you’ll be on the floor doing push-ups, jogging around the block or going through your pantry with a trash bag.
No matter what you are motivated to do, the objective here is to get yourself off your butt and get going…
Replace Your Fear with Hope
Getting motivated to take action is a lot like jumping into cold water: it takes a lot of motivation to jump right in there, but once you get in you think: “Hey, this is kind of nice.” That said, once fear has motivated you to get going, replace it immediately with hope. Think about how great you’ll feel and how great you’ll look when you have a healthier body, greater energy levels and increased self-confidence. Hold onto this image and let it encourage you to stick with your commitment.
And just remember that if you get off track, your old friend fear is always there to give you a boost!
John and Linda Ballis
Sunday, 7 March 2010
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