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Lesson 3

Your Wellness Goal _____________________________________

Key #2: Become an expert on YOU and take responsibility for your life.

You live in your body so you know it better than anybody else. You’re the expert on you. When faced with life’s challenges and opportunities, it’s good to get advice and gather information, but in the end you know what’s best for you. It is up to you to take care of yourself.

When you visit a health care practitioner, see him or her as a consultant, not as an all-knowing guru. You’re the CEO of your life. You can learn to know yourself even better by regularly tuning in with awareness. For example, instead of popping a pill at the first sign of a physical symptom, stop for a moment to check in with yourself and see if you can regain body balance and ease the symptom by taking a deep breath, massaging your neck, releasing anger, improving your diet, getting more sleep, going for a walk, etc. Of course, when you are treating a chronic illness or disease or when you know you’re getting a migraine, by all means follow the recommended treatment or course of action. In fact, once you agree that the recommended treatment is appropriate, following the treatment plan IS good self-care.

When you’re an expert on you, you look within for guidance first rather than automatically looking for external answers. Because you live in your body, you can learn to know it well. This is not to say that you shouldn’t consult a health care professional when your symptoms are more serious, when you’re worried that they might be serious, or when your self-care is not effective. Selecting a good health care team is part of a wellness lifestyle, too.

Taking responsibility for your life is also critical for sustained wellness. When you take 100% responsibility for how you feel and what you do, you have more personal power. From this powerful place, you can look for options and solutions that work for YOU. You don’t waste precious time and energy blaming others for your life’s problems. Blaming others disempowers you and keeps you stuck thinking about the bad things that have happened in your life. As the saying goes, if you’re handed lemons; accept responsibility and make lemonade.

Small Action Step

If you decide to be the expert in your life and take 100% responsibility for it, what will you need to stop doing? Start doing? Learn more about? What do you expect the payoffs will be for taking responsibility? For you, will this be hard or easy? Keeping in mind the one wellness goal you have chosen to work on during this e-course, answer these question.

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Next Lesson (#4): You will learn about becoming aware of harmful cultural messages and their influence on you.

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Lesson 1: What is a wellness lifestyle?
Lesson 2: Key #1: Have a vision and passionate commitment.
Lesson 3: Key #2: Become an expert on YOU.

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