When you think of the word "health", what do you think of? What images does your mind conjure up? How do you define it? Do you think of various domains, such as physical, mental, spiritual, social? What does health mean to you?
Are YOU healthy? What does your vision of your healthy self look like?
How do you compare your health now to your vision? Are there any areas that deserve improvement?
Everyone's vision of their best health is different. But no matter what yours is, and no matter how far away you are from yours, today you can make meaningful steps towards it. But before you start taking any actions, even before you start declaring SMART goals, you need to contemplate these 3 prerequisites to achieving your vision that local Bostonian Clayton Christensen, Harvard MBA professor, describes as key factors that determine the capabilities of what an organization can or can't do, in his inspiring book How Will You Measure Your LIfe?:
1. Adequate Resources. How equipped are you in your vision, with knowledge, with a health-promoting environment, and with support persons? Do you need to buy sports equipment or iPhone apps? Do you need to become educated with a dietitian or read a basic nutrition book? Do you need to get some cookware? How is your family and peer support--does that need developing? Your resources determine the capability of your vision becoming reality.
2. Effective Processes. How supportive is your infrastructure to support your goals? Do you need to reorganize? Would you benefit from fine-tuning your daily schedule? How is your communication with your support team? Are you lacking efficiency in your plan? Can you use technology to help you with reminders, with education refreshers, with progress tracking? Or, are you reasonably capable of your vision but just need more practice? Many health behaviors take at least 6 months of consistent practice before they become habit, and you may need to reassess and fine-tune your processes repeatedly before victoriously relishing in living our your vision of your healthiest YOU.
3. Clear Priorities. To make what matters to you most become your priorities, you first need to know what matters to you most. Do your nutrition goals keep taking the back burner? Are you tired of your own procrastination? Do you want to change but keep finding you lack the "motivation" to make changes? You are not alone. Unfortunately, many of us choose to focus on matters of urgency, elbowing out our matters of importance. We are very limited in our capacities, and it makes sense in the moment to direct our efforts to what has the soonest deadline or screams the loudest for our attention. All the while, what is truly important to us gets lost. Maybe what stands in the way of achieving your vision are unclear or unsettled priorities.
Knowing how to get from point A to point B requires a clear vision, but you also need the right resources, processes, and priorities in place. Where are your weak areas? Where can you change?
Discovering these limiting factors in your pursuit of your vision enables you to create goals. Then you'll be ready to take action, and with a lot of patience and persistence, reach your vision!