The purpose of my blog is to increase the quality of life of others through information that drives positive lifestyle choices. Well this week, Dr Les wrote an interesting post about a common process to success, regardless of what you define as success that's he's used for years.
To some, success may be to stop smoking, or to lose some weight, or cut down on alcohol consumption. Improving the quality of life doesn’t always have to be health related. It may be something good for your mind.
For example, I have recently made the commitment to learn French. Believe me, given how poor my French language skills are, this is a lofty goal. It’s been something on my bucket list for decades, but I've always had an excuse why I couldn’t do it. My wife and I are considering that we may retire to the South of France, so now I have BIG purpose and learning French has a whole new meaning.
The steps to success are simple but not often followed. So I've applied Dr Les' methodology to my French learning experience and it works. And I can see how it will work for any goal I set for myself. He's my French example.
- Clearly define my base line: that’s easy…. my French is terrible
- Define my goal: Speak fluent French in 9 years
- What resources are required: Well, I’m using Rosetta Stone, which is great and compliments my learning style.
- What strategies and tactics: In addition to Rosetta Stone, I have now begun reading all the French labels, prior to reading the English counterpart, I listen to any French public announcement, and I try to speak French to anyone that I know can speak French.
So even though your goal, or objective may be different to my French learning example, the process that Dr Les describes below is the same. Use this simple, but effective tool to achieve whatever goal you set out for yourself, and I hope you realize yours, like I know I will achieve mine.
Profiter de la Balade (Enjoy the Ride) …. Rob
The Success Formula:
The recipe for health and success: “If you don’t know where you’re going any path will take you there!”
I was just heading out of the locker room when I caught up with a patient who had just finished his training run. We started chatting about workout strategies. Since we are both analytical types, the conversation was interesting. He was elaborating on the merits of long, slow, base-building runs. I was referencing that I had done numerous lactate measurements to establish and monitor heart-rate training zones for mountain biking.
While standing next to Wilf, our differences were obvious. He is 6’2” and I am 5’6” and we likely have close to the same body weight. In the dog world this means that he is a greyhound and I am... a terrier. Wilf is training for the 42km Eugene Marathon and all I want is to be able to run a fast 5km race and do some mountain biking. It was fun to swap stories but there would be little value in applying each other’s training recipe to achieve success in our different endeavors.
Our conversation made me think about my practice where patients often come in wanting a quick fix or a recipe for pain relief or good health. The reality is that it is not that simple. Certainly there are common principles and guiding concepts but to achieve the best outcome, treatment and home therapy needs to be individualized and paced according to each person’s starting point and objectives.
However, there is a useful model that can be implemented to get the correct recipe for success in any endeavour – whether it is health, fitness or even business ventures. I learned this model from the late Bernie Novokowsky, founder of the Higher Order Thought (H.O.T.) program. I attended Bernie’s funeral service recently. Bernie was a high-school dropout who went on to earn his doctorate in Human and Organizational Systems. His dissertation Personal Power: The Realization of Doing and Being is now available in a compilation book. Bernie knew a lot about achieving goals. He called his success model the “Performance Diamond” and outlined the 4 key points necessary for success. These points are to be followed sequentially in order to be effective. It was his experience and mine that most people jump right into Step 4 – Recipe, or the solution without adequate consideration of all preparation Steps. “Follow the Four” steps to design an effective strategy!
So yes, there is a recipe for pain relief, health, fitness and anything else you define as success!
Just remember, even though the steps in the process are the same for all of us, because we’re all different, ie. Different goals, age, genetics, sex, health, fitness, resources, etc - the recipe will be different by definition.
Adding life to your Years …. Dr Les