Four Questions to Better Health

You want to lose weight, you want to stop smoking, you want to be healthier, to exercise more, to eat better. Yet you seem to never be able to figure out how to do it. When you finally manage to get started you fall multiple times and never get back up. There they lay, your health goals and wants calling out to you as you turn your back on them. Have you ever thought about why you can’t achieve the health you want? Why you get started but all too often you find it hard to stay with it?

Better health begins with four things, four questions that you MUST answer before any long lasting health change can begin to happen. The four questions are:

  1. What do you really WANT?
  2. Why do you want it?
  3. How can you best achieve it?
  4. What is preventing you from having it NOW?

“Start with end in mind” Stephen Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Think about those four questions for a moment, go ahead and answer them… go on now, I will wait!!

You might be thinking, why do I need to ask those questions? Are you aware that you are constantly asking yourself questions every day? Do you know that on average you have about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts a day?1

You are doing it now; you are asking yourself questions like; when is Maamoun going to get to the point? Or what does this have to do with improving my health, reliving my stress, improving my energy? You cannot improve your health until you ask yourself “What do I want for my health” and “how do I get there?” In other words, without having a clear outcome (result) backed by a strong purpose.

“Questions change the resources available to you” Tony Robbins

The worst thing that you can do is to ask yourself questions that make you feel lousy, that make you feel helpless. Questions like:

  1. Why am I so overweight?
  2. Why do I keep smoking?
  3. Why do I always avoid exercising?
  4. Why can I never lose weight?

Lousy questions will produce lousy answers! The minute you ask yourself a question, your brain will find an answer for you. These answers do not help you; they disempower you, make you feel useless and doubt your ability to improve your health.

Learn to ask yourself empowering questions, better quality questions and you will find better quality answers. Instead of asking yourself why questions (negative feedback loop questions). Ask yourself empowering questions like:

  1. How can I easily lose weight and really enjoy the process?
  2. How can I stop smoking and create a more healthful habit?
  3. How can find a way to exercise in a way that is enjoyable for me?
  4. How can I easily and consistently lose weight?

The quality of your health comes down to the quality of the questions you are asking yourself on a daily basis!

Let’s revisit our four questions

  1. What do you really WANT?
  2. Why do you want it?
  3. How can you best achieve it?
  4. What is preventing you from having it NOW?

Let’s say you wanted to lose weight, more specifically you wanted to lose 20lbs. Walk through the process of asking those four questions!

1.  What do I really want?

a. I want to lose 20lbs in the next 6 months and feel more energy, vitality, stamina and greater health than ever before

2. Why do I want it?

a. Because I want to feel great about myself, I want to conquer my health and set a great example for myself and others in my life. I want to live a healthier, longer and more quality life so I can spend more time with the people I love.

3. How can I best achieve it?

a. I can begin small by running outside for 15 minutes and begin increasing that time by one minute each day. (choose whatever activity you really find enjoyable to do, it can be rowing, lifting weights, running outside or running on a treadmill, being a part of group classes, etc.)

4. What is preventing me from having it now?

a. It’s not a priority for me, I don’t have the time, I’m busy with long work hours and being a parent, I have pain in my back, I procrastinate, I’m too lazy, etc.

You already have the resources inside you to make anything you’ve ever wanted to accomplish with your health happen. It starts by asking yourself empowering and better-quality questions!

References:

  1. National Science Foundation 2005 research article (https://www.nsf.gov/)

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