Have you ever noticed every time you walk out of a doctor’s office they have added something to your to-do list? Eat this, don’t eat that, exercise this much, monitor your blood pressure or blood sugar, etc. Health seems to be all about doing MORE.
Making Sense of What Your Doctor Recommends
Doctors have guidelines and targets they pursue for different metrics, e.g. blood pressure, hemoglobin A1c, weight, etc. They’re called standard of care and it basically determines whether or not your doctor is taking “good care” of you. But frequently, those metrics are just check boxes on a computer screen and a quick question or direction from the provider, not a discussion of the why behind those metrics.
Regardless, you are the one who should be setting the bigger, long-term goals for your health and wellness. You are the only one who can make the changes needed to achieve those goals! And, honestly, these are the goals that keep you motivated because they tap into your emotional motivation and connection.
Think of it this way. If your doctor sets a goal for you of losing twenty pounds within the next three months. It’s measurable and has a time component. Technically it’s a “good goal”. It may make sense to his brain…but does it mean anything to you?
The Power of Your Heart Goal
By comparison, I like to ask patients and clients about their Why behind that very sensible, doctor-brain kind of goal. If you tell me you want to lose twenty pounds – why? If you want to stop reacting to your favorite foods – why? There is some personal why behind that very practical goal. And that’s where your strength lies!
Perhaps your reason for wanting to lose twenty pounds is so you can more easily move and chase your kids or grandkids around the house. Maybe you want to participate in some fitness event like a Color Run 5k with someone special. Maybe you just want to wake up in the morning and not hurt.
Do you see the difference? You could say it’s a heart goal instead of a head goal. And we exponentially increase our determination and resilience when we tap into that heart goal.
You Lead Your Health Care Team
Then the next step is working with your healthcare provider or coach to identify all of the different ways you can meet that heart goal. That's where their metrics come into play. But maybe it also includes a mindfulness practice like meditation, truffle-making or knitting. (To each her own!!) Maybe it includes looking for food sensitivities or mold toxicity.
There are always multiple approaches to get you to that heart goal but you stay in the game, even when things get rough, because you know your Why.
Sixty-Second Self-Care Tip…
You know what it’s gonna be! Take 1-2 minutes with me right now to write down on a random scrap of paper or in a journal or calendar – what is your heart goal behind that health thing you’ve been chasing? What is the thing that inspires you to keep trying and keep looking for answers?
If you’re going to start standing in your expertise with your doctors, you have to know this stuff before you get to the appointment. But you can do it – you’re the Expert!
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