You know what you should be doing in order to feel and look better. But you just don’t. Not today. You decide tomorrow will be better. Today looks like it might rain, and you always tend to get depressed when it rains. And it just seems more reasonable to start your new habits on a Monday anyway. Sounds familiar?
Let’s be honest here: Tomorrow NEVER comes. We only have today, so stop planning your future when your life is happening RIGHT NOW. If you are watching garbage television and munching down neon colored fruit loops. That is your choice. This is your life: Eating garbage and wasting away watching your dreams on reply, and pretending that a better day will come.
What is holding you back from being a better version of you?
A lack of knowledge? Probably not. Lack of money? Nope – money does not decide whether you will reach your peak performance. A lack of good genes? Please! We all have vulnerabilities and genetic dispositions, so stop complaining that it’s a genetic thing beyond your control. I cannot tell you how many patients I see where the only thing holding them back is self-deception – they are simply lying to themselves. Small lies of why they do not need to change right now – lies that keep them in their comfort zone. Why they do not need the meds I prescribe. Why they do not need to go over their diet. And yet, they have come to see me. Sometimes they get angry with me – because I tell them what they need to do and what will happen if they don’t.
It’s not always fun to hear that your body is not going to make it past fifty if you don’t take action now. But somewhere down the line I think it is a comfort to know that you are in charge of your health and that this is one area that you can actually control if you choose to do so.
Will lying to yourself end up killing you?
Yes. So what is it that makes us lie to ourselves and holds us back from reaching our goals in health and in life overall? FEAR. Nothing more, nothing less. Fear of pain. Change is painful. However small or insignificant that change may seem, it is never easy. But here is the thing: Anything worth having comes at a price. And eventually the pain will subside and something else will take its place. However, if you never take that first step into the unknown, then nothing else can ever fill up the void. Everyone fears losing something – whether it be people, material things, our hair or the comfort of knowing what will happen next. It’s only human to fear the unknown. But even if you keep doing what you are doing then you cannot foresee the future. Nothing is constant but change. Therefore, as humans in order to survive and adapt to this world, we must learn how to change. The more we do this, the less painful it becomes. It is a skill that can be trained. And this is a skill you cannot learn alone. Don’t trick yourself into thinking that you can change alone. You can’t.
Are you ready for change?
Oftentimes people who have great strengths also have great weaknesses. It is nature’s way of keeping our egos in check. Don’t let your pride prevent you from seeking help and admitting that you too are only human and need help. Only the weak insist on struggling alone. There is another way of living. A new life is waiting for you if you dare take that first step. You have to be fearless. Are you ready to face your fears?
Contact Us today and we will help you get where you want to be.
Eric R. Braverman, M.D.
Dr. Braverman is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. He is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.